Inching Along


  1. Leigh on April 23, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Wheeee! The Cross House looks so regal, Ross.

  2. john feuchtenberger on April 23, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Kudos to Bob Rodak for saving the Cross House until the Wizard arrived, but his paint scheme for the cornices has always reminded me of the Briar Rose/Dornroeschen/Belle au Bois Dormant fairy tales. In those tales the enchanted princess sleeps for a hundred years in a castle overgrown with thorns. At the Cross House, you’re re-awakening the princess and taming the thorns–your palette is dignified and architectural, and it will be a glad day soon when the last blood-red thorns disappear.

    • Ross on April 25, 2020 at 12:02 am

      John, I was informed by an 1895 image of the house showing that the huge curved cornice, and its swirls, appeared to be the same color.

      By picking out the latter in a sharply contrasting color, I think too much was demanded of the eye.

  3. David McDonald on April 23, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Ohhh!!! So nice. Your eye isnt distracted! Now theres a calming sense. Your eye is drawn to the windows not every where else.
    No offense meant here, I still think the column colors need to be reversed. Dark capitals, light columns, dark ring at the bottom, dark base. I just think it would look more grounded. Again, nooo offense meant. But, before i go giving advice, i should probably see it in person. Maybe its the way it looks in picture form. But, yea, it looks SOOOO good!! Nice work!! 😁👍👍

    • Ross on April 25, 2020 at 12:00 am

      David, originally the columns WERE light and the capitals and bases dark.

      I tried that. It looked…odd. As if the columns didn’t have enough visual weight to support the roof.

      • David McDonald on April 25, 2020 at 5:26 am

        Thanx Ross!! See, told u… I need to see it in person to get the true effect! I remember reading here that someone said that you do have to be there to take in how large the house is and to walk around it a couple of times to appreciate its scale. And, yea, I can kind of visualize that!! I Definitely need to come see you and the house one of these days!!!

  4. David McDonald on April 23, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    And, look how the purple in the 2nd floor stained glass windows POP now! Awesum!!

  5. tura wolfe on April 24, 2020 at 9:38 am

    I just love everything about the whole thing! The paint colors over the now good as when was new……sound, smooth, hidden repairs, the magnificent windows, and the strong sexy curves. Splendid! Grand! Superb! Oh! I could just go on and on and on!

  6. Bonnie C Boyd on April 24, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    I have read your blog from start to finish and I love it. Thank you!

    • Ross on April 24, 2020 at 11:55 pm

      Thank you, Bonnie! And very nice to meet you! Ross

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