A fierce renaissance dragon with an arrowhead tongue.
This painting features a detail from a sixteenth century Elizabethan wall painting. Found painted on wattle and daub walls this scrolling antique-work design once covered both the plaster and the timber studding of the wall. Only fragments, including this striking monster’s head, remain of the historic painting.
Originally rendered in grisaille, I’ve chosen to paint it in soft pinks and greys. The eggshell-like cracks give the finished piece a scaly dragon-skin patination.
These fresco secco panels are cracked and aged to give character and patination. On completion the plastered hessian substrate is glued to its wooden support and won’t crack or rub-back any further. Paintings where the hessian is wrapped around the panel edges may succumb to some minor flaking on the corners but a few knocks and scrapes are part of its “distressed” character.
The piece is finished with wax so may be buffed and polished to maintain its lustre