Sunday, 3 January 2016

Painting for Sabatino at RHS Wisley

I have just started a fresco of a squash and pumpkin display put together by the plant trials team and students at RHS Wisley under the direction of Sabatino Urzo @SabatinoUrzo

Inspired and encouraged by Sabatino - I am hoping to deliver the finished Fresco in the Spring.
Follow its progress here.

The next stage of the fresco is blocking in colour - this is the risky part as once the watercolour goes on it sinks into the surface of the plaster. This is the point where the painting takes on a life of its own.
The only way is forward now. To be honest you can scrape back a little but you cannot start over - so here we go.

The detail is now being built up in layers of pigment and sgraffito to add light, depth and weight to the image.

This week - 23/1/16 The fresco has begun to take on a life of its own. More detail added - more depth and weight. It has begun to build up into a stronger composition. It reminds me of the Dutch school of painting. I have to start thinking about the frame soon.



  1. You tweeted a framing question to Sabatino not long ago and I spent a while looking at what I assumed to be the finished fresco. Now I've found the pic here and have been able to blow it up more than I could on Twitter. I thought then that my eyes were deceiving me and I needed to go to Specsavers but now I know they were not. You've achieved a wonderful 3-D effect in that work; the foreground jumps out, so to speak. I'd be afraid to touch it for fear of knocking the pile over! Brilliant.