Last week we finished documenting the Bloomsbury wall paintings at Berwick Church. We spent 3 weeks documenting every crack, flake, mould spot, salt blister, and bat dropping (or maybe woodpecker, they have made a dozen holes/nests in the spire, a common problem apparently!) . I don’t think I have ever looked at an artwork (or anything) for that length of time or under that amount of scrutiny.
We used close up photos of the paintings overlaid with acetate sheets and standing in front of the paintings themselves (viewed through magnifying optivisors) we drew on the acetate with coloured markers, . Each marker denoted a deterioration or deposit on the paint layer. Below is a couple of images we did of the Chancel painting, Quentin Bell’s ‘Wise and foolish Virgins’
Remove the photo from behind – result- a very informative and functional plan/map but also a rather beautiful but purposeful “wise and foolish” ‘abstract’ drawing too.