maccruiskeen, can't work out if the sheep+cow are part of the exhibition or just the usual tenants of the building?
No Fergie to fire up, but another McMoonter project gets underway
McM, that's a fabulous place, going well.
mogrim -]they're sculptures (by Sally Matthews) made out mud, sticks and straw. The did seem to make themselves at home there.
Despite a runny nose and incessant cough I've laid the joists to support the floor in the north facing gallery space. It was more straightforward as the floor was almost level so I didn't have to lift any of the cobbles. I will need to build a step to link the spaces. Once that is done I will lay the floor boards and make a start on glazing the doorways.
Progress has been sporadic as I've been painting some new work for an exhibition in London.
I've managed to get three coats of lime wash on the walls of the stable yard space, it needs one final coat. Lime wash is a centuries old form of 'paint'.
You mix the hydrated lime powder in a vat with water to about the consistency of single cream. It's a tricky product to use as it goes on almost transparent. Once it dries it appears as a chalky white. You can add various oxides and earth pigments to tint the colour, I've even heard of Damson and Beetroot juice being used too. Unlike a modern synthetic paint, it creates a breathable porous whitewash. It both reflects light and is translucent.
I can cut back through the lime wash to sharpen the margins between the plaster and the tooled sandstone reveals and remove the splashes and drips.
I've decided to embrace the distressed surface of the pitted plaster, stone and brickwork. The limewash compliments the space rather than lining the walls with something more clinical and modern.
The lime is a bit caustic and I've burned my hands so I will need to review my own health and safety procedures.
More pictures here...
Lime wash for traditional masonry walls, brilliant choice, wears well and breathes. Looking good. Even lime tradesmen can suffer, depends on skin, apparently. Great updates. Can't wait for the soft opening ... old bikes hanging off walls;)
This morning Paul came over to frame the door. I had precut the wood to form the arch. with two pairs of hands and Paul's experience, we had the door posts and arch up in no time. As we worked away it became apparent that the space above the horizontal rail could be glazed too. It'll mean some tricky glass cutting but it's too nice a detail to panel over.
There will be a door in the centre and a pane either side.
My brother is coincidentally making a gallery space at Maspie House in Falkland, next door to the Palace. The space he is creating is pristine and clinical, sharp white walls and a sky's the limit budget.
The lighting he has had installed is a mix of swanky LED and halogen. I asked him about the costs thinking I might try something similar. When he told me each light unit was over £250 I was stunned. So when I was at Screwfix , I asked the guys there what would give me a floody light adequate to light the space and to pick out the paintings I intend to hang. Their suggestion was a £5 halogen security light unit. Lots of floody lumens which might be more expensive to have on all day compared to an LED. That's not too big an issue as I'd only have them on when I had visitors or I was working there. I don't want to spend a fortune on something that at this stage is just a toe in the water experiment. I can always upgrade later reusing the existing wiring.
So I spent the day fitting the lights and wiring them up. The reflected light on the walls is excellent, there should be less reflection on my paintings which I always glaze. Once the varnished floor and glass is fitted to the doorway more light will be reflected too. The last picture show a single coat of limewash on the walls of other space. I've found a suitable woodburning stove which will should be easy to pipe into the existing chimney.
I've also found some flush floor sockets with flip up lids to bring power in without having to raggle conduit and boxes into the walls.
More pics here...
Love it. I am taking notes as to how neat my work space should look in future...
coming on well P.
Dont forget comfortable seating if you're having a wood stove in there. I might want to spend a while.
Progress has been glacial with other stuff competing for my attention. I've got one more coat of lime wash to put on, the stove arrived yesterday and I have a spark coming on Saturday to sort out some wiring. We should get the arch on the second door frame up then too.
Lovely low winter sun this morning.
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Murr came over this morning and we set to framing up the south facing doorway. It was bitterly cold but we got it up.
Another step closer. I'm going to start using the logs in one of the bays so I can see clear through to the studio and and the landscape beyond. I didn't foresee The space ever needing it's view when I built the log shed. It was a largely forgotten spot, used for burning arb and garden waste. Shame on me.Posted 6 days ago #
Not a bad view to be honest pete!
Surely if you clear a bay you'll just see another one behind it that you have forgotten about.
wot the fridge said,
I think that's a splendid view!
If punters want a view, send them to the studio for a personal mcmoonterising.
Harrythespider, I laughed but had to check. I think there is just enough space to see past. This is the view from the studio door.
It's all Land Art of a kind.
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