Month: May 2009

Nevado del Tolima / EL VERGEL

Nevado del tolima, south face, may 2009

May 21 2009

I was for a trek around the Nevado del Tolima (5200m).
Awsome place, wilderness nature.

This picture show you the south face? I did it from a place called “El vergel”;
It was at the morning of the second day of walking. The goal was to going to natural Thermal bathes of “Don Canon” at 4000 m. His home is one of the best cmp base to climb to glaciar summit of this volcanoe. 3Days walk from Juntas 1700m.


Golden egg part II


This piece is also in process; As cucaron i had a small problem, with the shella past. I painted over a not completly dry coat and result, bad bublles appear on the center; So i had to remove the coat of the area in trouble. Refill it with a new coat of shellac past. Result  one month for complet dryng. I have to wait a bit for find money to finish it with the gold bath. It not cost a lot regard for price in euro, but for here in Colombia it’s money! Unfortunaly actually  income with art, overthere in Ibague are close to zero!



2009 CUCAROnN part IV : Ibague / Colombia

Hey The Cuacaron coming back!!

After Months of dryng finally it’s fine for painting. Also, I had to make a consolidate of all legs, cause they were very week, close to break.

So i had to put some tube of steel to add rigidity; make for  holes above legs to place tube, and close it, with a Shellac past. But this is very very long to complet dry! Now i can go for painting > paint various coats, sandinf, various coats, sanding, and so on. This process is to finish the surface and trytget a decent smooth surface.. I don’t know if i am going for a glossy finsh or not…

2009_cucaron_stepIV_2 above we can also see Golden egg ( actually with cooper painted, i plan to make an elctro bath of gold, for finish coat)

see u next step.

Black cloud en Payande


as we were in Payandé for this camping trip; I took time to make some test of a composit shoot.

As i can’t use my Rolleiflex here, i decided to change my nalog technic for a digital process. And i am not sufficiently rich in this moment to buy a high resolution camera , as digital back for hasselblad, or stuff like this… I am tryng to compense the loose of  resolution that provide my new canon G10 (14 megapixel but with a small sensor). By using possibilities of  recompose a merged image  by using various shoot of a scene;

Stiching technic using photoshop (Photmerge), very simple just have to shoot with a tripode, and not as i did for this image !!!!  The missingpart of the image in the corners are not a voluntee, but an error.

The original image after the stiching (photmerge) method is about 5400 pix with 4 shoots, 90×90 cm at 150 dpi. Not so bad. and We must keep in mind that image lose a lot of pixel resolution. Because I did not use a tripod.

Tomorrow i will make a test with 9 shoot with a tripod….

Dark Cloud another step


Dark cloud step 3.3

Each week more or less i am adding a new layer of “papier maché”,  paper maché, papel maché.

It’s more or less the time needed to dry completly ( depend of the local thickness of the layer).

Also it’s dependent of the ambiant humidity or warm. Actually it’s really good weather in Ibague Colombia, where  i am currently living. And it’s drying very fast. By comparison In paris during winter, it was soooooooo long to dry, months. Better in summer time, but noway actually it’s perfect for this technique.

I am using an acrylic glu and usind recycled paper and carboard ( the eggs box cardboard give the best result). I put the paper and cardboard in a bucket and pump it up with a large stick. And pump it pump it as the paper is fine paste, then i add the acrylic glu. I make a try with an organic glu base on various flour. But unfortunaly it was devasted by mushroom and moisture. I will make an aother try with an fungicide add.

Anyway, I already do not have much time, actually i need to have a result a bit more quicly so using acrylic..

I know it’s out of my plan, using only orgabnic or recycled base supply ( raw material).

see u soon for next step.