The Inside Scoop
By Al Mayberry, The one who has the inside scoop on most things about Mary DeLave.
You may ask, how does Mary achieve such deep and intricate textures and hues? Here is a short video showing the phases that this painting went through.
The steps of creation are; 1--She transforms her vision into a rough sketch on paper then refines the composition. 2--She re-draws the sketch onto the wood panel. 3--Mary applies a marble dust plaster over the drawing. This acrylic based plaster is semi-translucent while wet so she can trace and carve the outline of the drawing into the plaster. 4--While the plaster is still wet she creates additional textures with many different techniques she has developed over the years. These include hand cut stencils and sculpted impressions--all of which are intricate and artistically demanding. 5--Once the plaster dries she begins applying the first of about 20 layers of various colors of paint. Some areas are translucent, some are opaque and some are clear. She has developed this layering technique to achieve her signature depth with intermingled hues and dimensions. The labyrinthine crafting of these layers is what will subtly enhance different aspects of the painting during each day's shifting light. 6-- A specially hand mixed varnish will be applied in several coats to achieve the type of luster or flat finish desired.