From 1982 to 1990 a full sized replica of Athena Parthenon was quietly being constructed in the inner courts of Nashville's Parthenon under the direction of Alan LeQuire. In 2002, LeQuire and master gilder Lou Reed directed the 4 month project of gilding and painting details on her face, wardrobe, and shield. Today Nashville's Athena stands a shining golden 42 feet tall, towering over the thousands of visitors who visit Centennial Park and the Parthenon.
I had done a little homework prior, namely to understand what color mixtures make for a convincingly glowing gold. The few days before our session I was trying out various combinations of cadmium yellow, cadmium orange, burnt Sienna, Indian yellow, white, and a few others. It turns out that it's the color of the shadow areas that help the gold to be convincing...another lesson in "shadows are not black." In this case, shadows are very warm and reflective.
The plein air artist group I am involved with has partnered with Centennial Park Conservancy to co-host a fundraising art show and exhibit featuring all the special nooks and crannies of this urban and historic park near Vanderbilt University. There is a lovely art gallery on the first floor with a permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American artists and additional gallery space where our show will be placed.