The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaum launched their first public painting event this spring, selecting Pittsfield artist Marguerite Bride to create a watercolor portrait of the library building on the occasion of its 35th birthday. The new work portrays the library’s Wendell Avenue entrance and will ultimately hang in a permanent location at the Athenaeum.
Bride has finished the commissioned watercolor portrait – but there remain some final steps in this fascinating project. The portrait, about 18″ x 28″, has been scanned. It required ten different scans (see illustration above) on a scanner with an 8″ by 12″ bed. Scanning resolution was at 300 dpi. Bride’s next step is reassembling the separate scanned pieces into a whole digital image of the completed portrait. Here Bride gets to use her considerable technical skills, as well as her artistic talent. You can see the history of this project on Bride’s blog.