…and closing in on the finish line for Trinity Episcopal.
Now I’m back to full throttle glasspainting and closing in on the finish line at last.
Today, with the exception of roses, rocks and thimbleberries, every piece of glass has been fired in the kiln at least twice. Five of the seven figures are finished. Two figures have their final mattes applied and are waiting to be brushed back and fired for the last time. The elderly gentleman’s gray hair still needs shadows, and Joseph’s is about to be fired a shade darker. I have lost count of how often each head, hand and little foot has been in and out of the kiln, but it must be around 5 or 6 times by now. Here you can see some final layers of sepia (on Mary), bistre brown (Jesus) and a bistre/black mix (everywhere else) photographed last week whilst still unfired, and almost ready to go back into the kiln. See how dusty the paint looks in reflected light.
I’m saving the roses and thimbleberries in the foreground for the very end because they are such a delight to paint. When these are done I will wax up all 1,118 pieces of glass back onto easel plates for glasspainting up against natural light. This is how I check for the perfect balance of transparency and opacity, and make final adjustments to the matting/shading to accommodate the strength of real daylight and changing lighting conditions. It will also be a joy to see the real sparkle of the glass once again and the true colours of the window.
For an even closer zoom into the studio, here’s my latest punch list. Motoring through indeed!