When I decided that a pastel drawing I created in 2017 would make a perfect background for a clear resin cast of my Three Angels relief sculpture, I made a lot of work for myself! I realized that I need Purple Mountains alone and for Three Angels.
I located and ordered a package of cradled birch panels for my project, and prepared one by mixing and painting the edges the perfect silvery gray. Then I mounted the original drawing carefully to create a background for my angels. That is when I decided that I needed to have it both ways! I like the decorative original drawing more when so carefully presented, but the resin piece is perfect when placed over it.
So now I do have it both ways, several days, and many hours of work later. I used my meticulously merged four part scan of the 24″ x 18″ original drawing for a good quality print. And I have mounted the print onto a second birch panel, and carefully placed prints of digitally enhanced photos of each figure. It is now ready for my Three Angels. The original mounted drawing is designated as a housewarming gift. It is bubbled wrapped and ready for transportation to a new home.
I am still waiting for an order of short acrylic rods that I will use to make shorter pegs. When I have cut and smoothed these I will drill holes in my resin cast and in the cradled board, then use the pegs with epoxy glue to mount the resin cast to the panel with the angel figures shown above (bottom right).
The pastel of Purple Mountains looks so nice mounted on the cradled panel, with the edges in silvery grey. And the clear resin relief comes to a fuller life with a rich background. The depth of the resin and the relief figures still transform as the light changes. With the mountain background and the printed figures, the effect is rich and vibrant even in the brightest light. Soon I will have my Purple Mountains alone and for Three Angels completed.