Sunday, October 17, 2010

Stained Glass

The most difficult thing about traditional stained glass panel making is cutting and grozing the individual pieces.  Even though I didn't need precise cuts in order to construct the candleboxes, which was my goal when I purchased the glass, I nonetheless decided I needed practice and took an eight week course on cutting and assembling a stained glass panel.  The design is not my own, but considering it was my first work in the medium, I think the finished product is pretty good.

Pieces cut and laid out.

Cut pieces edged with copper tape, awating soldering.

The 36

A few years after the completion of the single-color paintings, I set out to create a second set of six, and this set evolved into a much larger work.  The top row is a vision of a role model of mine.  The second, a detailing of the problems I saw in myself when I aspired to be more like that model.  All subsequent rows each address one of those problems and my solution do it.

If each of us is "light", this painting was about running myself through a prism to examine my constituent colors, correcting the mistakes and reintegrating them.  In the final row above the colors of one painting start to bleed across the individual squares.

The final work of 36 12"x12" paintings is not yet complete.

Detailed scans of each are shown below.

Row 1

Row 2

Row 3

Row 4

The remaining two rows are not yet complete.

Single Color Paintings

In my freshman year of school, an assigned exercise in the use of color stuck with me and inspired these paintings.  Each is completed with a single pure color; red, blue, etc., with only white and black added to bring out highlights and shadows.  Each is 12"x12" acrylic on canvas.