I had the sketch for this piece in my sketchbook for over 2 years before I knew how and where to paint this original piece.
I had someone stretch a huge 5' x 8' canvas for me onto the stretcher bars and hung it in my new studio in the ICB building in Sausalito, CA.
First I did a sketch onto a huge sheet of newsprint paper and then took a slide of it. I projected it onto my canvas from 25 feet away, not realizing then that I would soon tone the canvas and obliterate my own drawing and have to do it again.
Then slowly with acrylics and a ladder I patiently started this huge painting. I knew this would be a Gothis cathedral with windows borrowed from 3 different cathederals. I even added a rotunda which is impossible to have in a Gothic cathedral because it would all fall down on top of you. But with artistic and architectural license, I added the rotunda with its windows because I also knew she, our cleaning lady, would not agree to up there. "Hey I don't care if you're the Pope hisself, I aint goin' up there to do yer windows." Ahh, such insolence.