I then printed the outlined sketch on three 11" x 17" sheets, taped them together and attached them to the canvas. Even though I did drawing corrections on the computer, by the time the image was blown up and taped together, there were distortions that needed additional revision with the large T square. Next step was tracing the temple down with graphite paper and sealing each fine line with clear gesso, so I don't lose the drawing. I normally do not need to be this accurate, but in painting a building this ornate on such a large canvas, (36" x 24") there is little margin for error.
Below is the beginning of blocking in with a light coating of acrylics.
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