Painting birds in my bat cardigan

I finished the middle window pane today at 17 1/2 hours.  As a part timer, that’s my work week.  Tomorrow I’m going to channel my inner house cat and balance at the top of a ladder for a few hours.  I’ve got some hard to reach areas.

I’m still slacking on choosing a color palette, but I went to the Met last weekend and took some reference shots of their stained glass.  I’ll probably just steal those colors. Sadly, book pages are presumed to be white, and there’s no way to paint transparent white.  The best I can do is “frost” or “etch” the glass.  I don’t even know if that’s toxic, but then again how long have I been working with all those printmaking acids and solvents without a problem?  Not a lifetime, but a solid decade.

Maybe I’ve seen too many Disney Movies, or too many episodes of LOST, but I’m thinking of embedding some Easter Eggs in this.

Library Window

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I’m working on a mural for an oversized window at the library.  My goal was to draw literary themed symbols, and translate the image as stained glass.

Several themes and concepts were discussed, but the winning concept was a vertical book-turn-bird image.  I wanted to capture the weight and substance of books/ information by stacking them on the bottom.  They tower with impressive height, and subconsciously viewers understand that books provide a solid foundation.  Then bindings open, revealing the true value of the books: the written pages.  As the pages splay open, they gain levity and begin to fly.  Flying books are a fairly familiar image, if not cliched, but I hope interspersing the flying books with graceful swallows would please the Smithtown population.  I’d rather be decorative with pretty birds than pedantic with a library-laden message.

I took some pictures of the process so far, so you can see the transformation of the drawing from sloppy sketch to a solid design.  And with the expert help of Trish at Kinkos, I can give you an idea of the scale of this project!  Check out the last few images of the original sketch next to the life size tracing.