Just in time for the Studio Tour weekends in Chelsea-Wakefield, these Hearts For Windows # 140-147 are now available at Galerie Old Chelsea. I am at the Galerie today and will be here again on Sunday, October 2nd.
Sometimes, I need to make one for myself. This piece is now happily installed in my bedroom at home and will not be sold. It reflects my love of clear textures combined with some unique heritage glass and will change the colours it reflects from outside based on the seasonal colours and the sky.
Peace was a theme that touched all of our lives throughout the summer. It was technically challenging but a lot of fun creating the old-school peace signs. All of these pieces are now available at Galerie Old Chelsea.
"A Vow" came with me to the Galerie Old Cheslea this week to be installed. It was a beautiful sunny day and and I had a pair of spare hands for a while so we experimented, holding it in front of different paintings to see how the clear, textured glass picks up and refracts colors from the background. These images really show how versatile the clear textures are. They draw in the color from outside. If the window faces nature, the panel will change with each season. If the window faces a street, it will pick up light from any source - near-by back-lit signs, the neighbors Christmas lights, changing streetlights and car lights.
Inspired by Edinburgh (yes, Scotland) artist Gordon Ackerman, I first introduced some simple geometric lines into a curved design. Then, with his permission, I modified one of his designs and recreated it in glass. They are now hanging proudly at Galerie Old Chelsea looking for forever homes!
'Simply A Rose' is a modified version of a classic Rene Mackintosh design and reflects the romantic symbolism of a single rose. This is now hanging in the window at Galerie Old Chelsea as a welcome to Spring.
'Morningside, Edinburgh ' is named after the area where I discovered these two little pieces of history more than ten years ago in a stained glass restoration workshop. The original grout was soaked and carefully removed from the edges. Matching this very old glass with a modern color took time. The panels now shine as the focus of the piece and this historic glass has a new life. Welcome Spring!.
Interesting coincidence. I finished the simplified Rene Mackintosh rose on the left on Sunday. It represents the appreciation I have developed for the simpler Rene Mackintosh designs. Today, Facebook reminded me of the rose I made in 2008. It is also interesting to see how my choice of glass has evolved. Thoughts?
This has been a very busy winter, in so many different ways! Workshop time has been precious and time to update my website has apparently been non-existent! I will try to catch up over the next couple of evenings.
I created and sold two pieces in my Dream Series. As the colours blend and the molten glass passes through the rollers, shapes and images are often created in the stained glass. The challenge for the artist is to present these shapes and images to keep the eye focused on them. The joy that follows is hearing individual interpretations of what viewers see in each of these pieces. Taking flight was cut from the same piece of glass which changed so much from one section to another. Toon In stands on its own - just let your imagination out the play.
There are now a series of five panels which will be hung at Galerie Old Chelsea on Thursday. I did finally convince the 6 mm thick glass to cooperate to create one small panel. These were a lot of fun to create. I would love to hear your comments!