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marek sarba



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Detail of part front figures, large is 3.5 inch (8.8 cm about)tall on painting
· Date: Tue, 30 April 13 · Views: 253
· Filesize: 363.5kb · Dimensions: 861 x 440 ·
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Stephen J. Card

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Tue, 30 April 13 15:50

Marek,

Great detail.

What is in the sacks? Flour?

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marek sarba

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Tue, 30 April 13 16:28

This steamboat run in upper river part with all types of cargo but the major was a cotton which most was going below of Vicksburg to New Orleans where transfer to sea going ships. In this case, cotton from “Falls City” is transferred to other steamers by horse pulled wagons and only small amounts mixed cargo will be loaded on ship going up for Greenville. The point is, in those sacks is cotton.
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Stephen J. Card

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Wed, 1 May 13 04:08

Thanks Marek.

The only reason I asked was that cotton shipped on the Misssissippi was usually in bales OR sacks made of burlap... which would be brown. I thought the white sacks in the painting indicated a finer sack made of cotton and the whiteness because of four dust. But the sacks in the painting are way to big for flour... too heavy for those stevedores to lift!

Another question... What kind of panel or board did you paint on? One of Ampersand's Gessobords or one you have prepared yourself?

And another.... What the odd size of the painting?

Hope you are taking a break after the long session on this piece!

Stephen
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marek sarba

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Wed, 1 May 13 12:14

You are right about appearance of cotton as cargo wrap in burlap but i have seen in big sacks also. This amount of flower or anything will destroy the mule wagon first. I study a lot of materials and still have a questions. Cotton was a cargo on the top of the list. Steamboats was not only on Mississippi but they collected a lot of goods from side rivers and other states. Just look on this as big sacks with soft and light filler in. The wagon driver is on top of it raiding through sandy/gravel and mud shore.I have see number of photos with those sacks on side of burlap wraps .


The board is MDF, 0.25inch, cold pressed.Two coats of shellac on each side and double coat of oil based art primer (Fredrix).Works well for me. The first image layer some coverage problem (to slick background primer) but next layers works fine.

Strange size...hahaha. I do have some frames in my private stock, so i am painting to the frame, i am cheep.
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