Saturday, July 4, 2009

New Design

To the left is this itty bitty picture of the design I have been working on today. Ever since we moved into our house, about 4 years ago, I wanted to create a piece of stained glass for the side window next to our front door. I could see parts of the elements in my mind, but had an awful time getting them on paper. I wish I had a better image for you to see...sometimes the worlds of Apple and Windows do not blend very well.

So this morning I started again and went back to the GlassEye software I have. It can be hit or miss using this software. The thing I really like is I can easily take ideas and mix them up through copy/paste in the program. Saves tons of time when the paper and pencil method is failing me.

This result is after a lot of iterations today. I'm ready to print this out full size and then start refining the drawing even further. This is the really GREAT part of this software...I can put in the dimensions of the piece, in this case 7" x 63" and start working with the actual finished size. As I add more elements to the design and can resize them accordingly to get the right look and feel I want.
The floral, leaf, vine pattern was adapted from the pattern on my mother's fine crystal in the photo shown above. It has such an elegant, graceful flow that I wanted to transfer that to this window. The colors are only rough approximations so it is easier to see the design elements. I'll start pulling glass and putting the pieces next to each other on my light table when I'm actually ready to start cutting this out.

I find that it takes a little while for a pattern to completely gel for me. I'll look at the lines and see things that work well or won't work at all. Now I will continue to refine the drawing by hand, only on the actual scale it will be. Once I've printed out the full scale drawing, I use tracing paper to create my additional templates with the changes I will make. This can take a few iterations, but now that I have the design to this stage I find refinement to be lots of fun and relatively easy.

No title for this piece yet....I'm sure it will come to me during the process.

17 comments:

-Don said...

Happy 4th of July, Kathleen!

I really like how the organic lines of the plant contrast with the square/mechanical 'shelf'. I can appreciate your design process. Sometimes it takes a while to bring your vision to fruition. But, in the end it's always worth the effort. I look forward to seeing this beauty finished.

-Don

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Don and Happy 4th to you too!

Thanks, I'm glad you like this design. I'm anxious to get started and see how it evolves. I think I'll do a work in progress on this one.

steiderstudios said...

Kathleen that looks like something I'd like to have in MY window! Can't wait to see it in glass!!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thanks so much Linda...you flatter me! :)

hwfarber said...

A beautiful design--simple and elegant.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Using your Mother's glass piece as inspiration for your window is so cool. I can't wait to see how it turns out, Kathleen!

Celeste Bergin said...

Is your Mom's glass a Cambridge or a Fostoria? What a good idea...It is going to look amazing!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thanks HWFaber! Nice of you to visit my blog and leave a comment.

Hi Janelle. I am anxious to get started on this one.

Hi Celeste. I believe the crystal is Fostoria. She really loved the pattern. Thanks!

Shay Stone said...

Ooh how exciting!! I can't wait to see it. Enjoy the process! One of these days I'd like to get one of your stained glass pieces. They are so beautiful. What a multi-talented artist you are:)

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hey thanks Shay! You are so kind and I would love to do a stained glass piece for you too. :D

Holly said...

I am lusting after this new design of yours....LUSTING! I want it. Heck, I want everything of yours that I see!

-Don said...

Kathleen, Your thoughts and comments on my work are always thoughtful, conscise and greatly appreciated. Thank you. -Don

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Wow Holly!!! Thanks. Glad you like my work.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

You are welcome Don. I always look forward to your thoughts about my work too.

Karen said...

It is exactly like the plant that we had in that wrapped around the light post outside our front door. So beautiful.
Hope you had a great weekend!

Celeste Bergin said...

yesw Kathleen...you did inspire me to post some glass onto my painting blog...you noticed! I can't wait to see your results here...I'll be watching. :)

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thanks Karen, yes it was a nice weekend...just too short!

Hi Celeste. I so appreciate it when my artist friends take pictures of glass works and share on their blogs. Thanks! I do plan on doing a work in progress on this piece; it will be good to document to process on my blog. Thanks!