I was yearning to switch directions and create something more realistic in design. When I create a more realistic shape the image is defined before I start to cut the glass. When I work to create an abstract shape I am cutting the glass shapes with only a very general idea in mind and nothing else. The colors and shapes dictate the overall design.
I first created the frame with silver channel. I had saved an image I liked of this animal and sketched it out on big art paper first. I thought his long horns would fit well in this horizontal shaped frame.
I cut out all of the shapes that I believed I could cut in cold glass.
I used several various shades and textures of teal and sage. I threw in some accents of a yellowish-green color. I was liking the proportions and wished at the time I had more glass and supplies because I would love to have made a much bigger image of this animal. Three feet across and two feet wide. Someday I will.
Putting the pieces together. This shows the pieces before they are soldered together. I tried to consider darker and lighter shades. Using dark shades near his flank, thigh and underneath his horns. I used the light colors to make his back, stomach and shoulder stand out more. His body section was more abstract, but the head had to be "right on target" to make the rest of this design work.
This Landscape Design is called "Sunset over Sage Mountains". It will be on display and for sale at the Adelante Gallery at the Paseo Art District in downtown Oklahoma City. Photographing glass art is tricky. The mountains at the bottom are sage and teal colors, not blue. Some of the sloping mountains are topped with gold small glass gems which depict snow at the top of a mountain ridge.
There are five geodes and nodules in this design which came from Anderson, California. Colors in the sunset are various shades of yellow, gold and light mustard green. Filigree from an antique lamp had been soldered in for an intriguing detail.
I did not build this design with a frame. A frame can be picked out by the client or they can be hun with the silver channel around the edges. All silver solder lines were stained with a Black Patina.
You can see the shapes of the mountain ranges before I added in the sky. The colors in this photo look more teal and sage.
I made this for someone who is needing some encouragement. She lives in Missouri so this little Blue and Purple Angel is on a special mission. The wings came off a porcelain figure, the hymnal made of glass. Sterling silver hanging design with a purple gem inside. Black patina on the solder lines and blue dyed leather strip for hanging.
2013 will mark my 13th year working with glass. My third year in painting. I push the envelope as far as what I can create with both mediums. Good things happen when glass breaks or mistakes happen...from there more is beautifully and meaningfully revealed.