Yesterday was the beginning….it has started. I’m beyond a little excited. I can only plan so many things on paper before I want to just dive in and start! I think it’s a product of working in such small theatres where we couldn’t afford a lot of preproduction. You had to scribble an idea, get a yes and then go for it.
The next step is creating the back wall. Then the proscenium pieces so we can start painting and adding props.
Rehearsals start tomorrow evening so I will meet with the props master to pull rehearsal props and away we go!
I’ll take pictures every day but probably only update once a week–twice if something really cool happens!
Yesterday was a lot of fun!
I was not quite as prepared as I’d hoped to be but it still went well. I got to meet my paint charge and props master and we talked while we played around.
I love playing with paint so much!
Here are some pictures of the experiments!
Now that I have gotten to experiment I need to finalize these ideas and where I want them on the set. Then I have to break down the steps so I can teach April to teach the rest of the crew.
I love writing. I really do.
But my heart really belongs with painting, and most specifically scenic painting.
I am working on a show with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance this spring called Once on this Island, as the scenic designer. It has been a litte hectic getting my feet back under me but I am getting my skills back slowly. It’s a strange muscle memory.
Today I am doing a scenic painting texture workshop. What that really means is I am going to play Christmas music and play around with paint and recyclable materials and want to share it with other people! Haha!
Things I want to experiment with:
- Bottle caps and how they work as shingles.
- Washes on the bottle caps to obscure some of the cap-ness (no judging–still not awake!)
- Using corrugated cardboard and bubble wrap to crest textures
- Creating highlights and shadows around large lid tops
- Streaking techniques on raw wood
- Paint the shutters and corrugated plastic pieces.
A long list but if I don’t get it all done it’s alright. I want everyone to understand that painting can be fun and how to follow happy accidents. We will see!
More pictures tomorrow!