Illumination – Wilkes Tunnel (Old Town Alexandria, VA)
Acrylic on Clay board, framed to 9″x9″
Illumination: Wilkes Tunnel – Alexandria, VA
Acrylic painting on clayboard.
Framed, painting behind plexiglas, and ready to hang.
Alexandria was an important waterfront destination and housed many warehouses and wharves on the Potomac. The Wilkes Street Tunnel, with its sandstone vaulted walls, served an important role in both the Civil War and WWI.
The layout follows the geometric proportions of a page from an illuminated medieval manuscript (thus the name Illumination).
Pages within the medieval manuscripts usually had a decorative border followed by text or an illustration with a painting within the frame.
Clayboard is a hardboard covered in kaolin clay ground (similar to the surfaces used during the Renaissance. The surface is sanded and extremely smooth. surface which could be scratched after painting. I painted the surface in thin layers of acrylic paint, rubbed portions away, and even scratched through it to add contrast and texture.