There's been little time to blog lately because the backdrop time of year has rolled around again. My daughter is the lead in this year's high school production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie". So i get to do the scenery. This year, I followed the ideas & drawings of my friend (and muralist) James Gloria. Together with a third friend, we finished and hung the first of a series of curtains and props. Sorry...gotta go. There's another 48 foot curtain to paint tonight.
Painting on the floor presents a number of challenges. We held our breath when the curtain was hung for fear that the perspective was skewed.
holy crap! these look terrific! best of luck to anna - her name will be emblazoned across Broadway before you know it
David FlahertyFebruary 20, 2007
Where's joe when you need him? Looks like fun!
David BamundoFebruary 20, 2007
p.s. these have, to me, a great Hopper-esque feel to them
ragFebruary 20, 2007
I second that holy crap! Quite the project. How the hell did you paint that whole thing from that position? How's your back?
David GothardFebruary 20, 2007
The back is ok. It's the knees! Gets ya in the Knees and neck. The palette was intentionally somber so the characters costumes will "pop". The play takes place in NYC, circa 1920. Now that DaveB mentions it, It does look Hopperesque.
Heidi SchmidtFebruary 20, 2007
Wow. Looks great. I have painted about 2 zillion sets. Two things that saved my back. Learn to paint with a gigantic brush and spatter. When you are done just spatter everything lightly with a brown or atmophere color. It covers a multitude a of sins. I know a scenic designer who uses a garden hand pump sprayer thingy to lightly spray everything. Once you paint on a giganitc canvas it's hard to go back. How are you doing the elevator scene?
Zina SaundersFebruary 20, 2007
A Thoroughly Amazing Backdrop, Dave! Just beautiful.
What a big undertaking; you have a very lucky daughter.
Robert SaundersFebruary 20, 2007
I can't imagine taking this on...especially on a volunteer basis. I'm stunnedódoesn't something like this take an enormous amount of time? Sheesh. Looks incredible though.
And this is only the first?
Tim O'BrienFebruary 20, 2007
My new role model of how to be a loving and cool father...You.
Larry RossFebruary 20, 2007
Incredible, Dave! I knew you were working on this but to see it is stunning! Kudos!
Edel RodriguezFebruary 20, 2007
This is officially insane! My jaw dropped when I clicked on this post. That is quite an undertaking man. That's one lucky daughter you have. Does she know that? Should we tell her?
David G KleinFebruary 20, 2007
Yet another career for you David. Those drops are amazing. How did you deal with the perspective? (BTW, I learned this doing sets for my daughters show chorus. Get yourself some skating knee guards.)
Marc BurckhardtFebruary 20, 2007
David, you win Father of the Year (to be shared with your fellow backdrop painters). Great work.
Cathleen ToelkeFebruary 20, 2007
This is really something. Wow. Beautiful.
I visited Evergreen Studios one time. They do permanent mural installations. The place is huge and the experience was amazing, but they paint their murals upright. A scenic painter I know said she uses very long-handled brushes so she can paint on the floor while standing up.
Please post a follow-up photo from the play!
Mike MoranFebruary 20, 2007
David I'm exhausted just looking at all this! Your energy and drive amazes me with every project you take on.
Of course you have some great motivation for making these. Anna and the whole school district should be proud of you.
Nancy StahlFebruary 20, 2007
Gasp...! Amazing is right..! Who had the studio space? It really does work with the figures in front. Congratulations. A labor of love that exudes your love for your daughter.
randyFebruary 20, 2007
All I can say is.....HOLY SHIT!!!
I've done my share of theatrical sets but.....HOLY SHIT!!!
This is unf***ing amazing. Does Anna realize what a treasure of a dad she has?
OK....tomorrow you get a big hug from me for this glorious acomplishment.
You never cease to amaze me my pal.
See ya tomorra.
Christoph HitzFebruary 20, 2007
I used to help my Dad who did set's for the local theater.
It's fun working in a large scale. This set looks like it's for the big league at Lincoln Center, very professional and gigantic.
Mark FisherFebruary 21, 2007
David,!! Beautiful!! A Thoroughly Fantastic Dad.
Hal MayforthFebruary 21, 2007
Most excellent, David. There is nothing comparable to the moment when the lights go down, the curtain first opens, and the audience gasps at the sheer spectacle of the scenery. That gasp is for you!
Leo EspinosaFebruary 28, 2007
They told me things get challenging as they grow up but nobody warned me about backdrops. Yikes!
Way to go David, you're the DAD!
Stephen KroningerMay 8, 2009
Been thinking a lot of you lately. Our daughters nabbed the lead (same part, different nights) in the 5th grade production of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. I've been enlisted to design and supervise the painting of the backdrops. I'm hope they're not expecting anything on the level that you've achieved.
Stephen KroningerMay 8, 2009
I've been thinking of you a lot lately. Our daughters are playing the lead in their 5th grade production of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (same part, different nights). I've been enlisted to design and supervise the painting of the flats. If I can do a mere fraction of the terrific job you did I will go to sleep a deeply satisfied man. Thanks for the inspiration.
Tim OBrienMay 8, 2009
Me too. Cassius is Pigpen in a production of Charlie Brown and the Spelling Bee. I designed the set and tomorrow I have to go and do it.
Last year I did the Tom Sawyer set and again this year, all I can think of is how great this set was.
Kroninger is going to need hedge trimmers to cut huge pieces of paper.