Every so often I get back to work on the study ceiling. Yesterday I finished thinking through another medallion, and today I put it up.
As I've posted previously, I'm choosing a single figure from each category of books to go over that "stack." The stack this time was fiction, which sits on the left end of the wall that already has Frederick Law Olmsted (landscape architecture) and Andrea Palladio (architecture). The other walls already have Pope St. John Paul II (religion), Constantine XI (world history), Thomas Jefferson (American history), George C. Marshall (military history) and Chester Nimitz (naval history) on one side, and Tom Landry and Roger Staubach (football) on the other. Think I'[m joking? See here.
For years I have been thinking about who to put up to represent my "fiction" stacks. The English literature stack, which contains the best of my collection of fiction has my favorite authors and series, including C.S. Forester's Hornblower books, a shelf full of Bram Stoker and Dracula commentary, H.P. Lovercraft, Christopher Priest, and many others.
But when I thought over who is the single really preeminent author, I decided you just can't not pick Shakespeare – his prose is just mesmerizing, and has had such an effect on the English language. So yesterday I selected a portrait, prepared the file and marked it up to transfer to the wall. Then I spent a couple of hours this afternoon putting up the guide marks, and finished the medallion and the name tonight.
It had been long enough that I'd forgotten how to prepare the image, and which paints went where, and during application I change three of the four paint colors – meaning everything but the wall color – to get the contrast right, but that means the next one will take that much less time.