49. Lotuses

Lotuses, glass on glass

Lotuses

tumbled glass on glass substrate, 2013

Last summer, my partner and I installed an iron fence into our backyard garden, and we’d envisioned a grid of rusted iron into which we would (eventually) incorporate glass-on-glass mosaics.  The fence faces to the west, and sunset light would filter through the pieces.  We’ve yet to install this piece into the fence – updated photo (once we do) coming soon…

This is the first of several pieces we plan to integrate into the fence.  I’ve recently completed a workshop in Seattle given by Michael Kruzich on using the Ravenna technique.  Even though the class worked primarily in stone, I used some of the andamento techniques into this piece.  In the Ravenna technique, there’s much more emphasis on values (gray scale) rather than color.  While I worked on this piece, I discovered that the polished and riven sides of the tesserae carry different values.

I also was much more deliberate in this piece on how I constructed the background andamento.  Above the surface of the water, I wanted to extend the lines of the flower outward, so that the light of the piece was centered on the flowers.  But beneath the surface of the water, where the colors mute, I used sets of horizontal lines, with the suggestion of currents that sway the stems of the lotus plants in unison.

watercolor study for Lotuses

watercolor study

To the right is the watercolor sketch I used to plan the piece.  One of the advantages of working glass-on-glass is that you can work directly on top of your study.  In this case, I sketched a small watercolor to the size & scale of the substrate glass.  I then fastened the study directly to the back of the glass, so that its outline was visible through the glass as I worked.

~ by Delfino on 2013/07/20.

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