Typically, retablos have doors that can be opened and closed - usually attached to the box by small pieces of leather. I rolled out and cut two small slabs for the doors to this retablo. Each is 12 1/2" x 5" x 3/8" thick.
Traditionally, the doors are painted in bright colors with flower and leaf forms. For the outside surface of the doors I repeated the flowers on the top of the box but chose a different flower for the inside. I drew the images on the slabs and carved out the clay around the design, leaving a small edge around the door (this border will be red when the retablo is done). When they're painted and finished, the doors will be three dimensional versions of the traditional painted doors. Keeping the carving in very low relief will help them feel more like the classic retablo doors.
This process took about six days to get nice clean reliefs on both sides of the doors.
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My name is F.E. Young. The initials are in no way an attempt to desguise the fact that I am female. In fact, I'm happy and proud to be female...it suits me. My problem is with my name. In 1951 my mother named me Frances. This was timed perfectly for my eighth year to coincide with appearence of 'Frances the Talking Mule' movies on television. I became "Francie" just in time for the Gidget movies. For those of you who remember - Gidget's name was Francie. I suddenly found myself called "Fidget." But as an artist I signed F.E. Young. the initials spelled Fey, my grandmother's name and it stuck.