Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tiffany Stained Glass c.1905 - "Hollyhocks and Arbor Vitae"

I'm really enjoying the challenge of capturing the look of stained glass w/my soft pastel crayons.

The stained glass attempt I previously posted is full of amber tones so I chose this one for it's greens and blues....my "comfortable, standby" pallette. Hollyhocks are especially appealing to me as the tall-standing, simple and graceful flowers are very old-fashioned. At the turn of the century they were often found in the gardens of glorious Victorian homes. In fact, when and where ever I see hollyhocks I am immediately reminded of the Victorian era.

This composition represents an irresistable combination for me; stained glass, greens and blues, and hollyhocks bordered by rich, green Arbor Vitae. I couldn't help myself. I hope you enjoy the view as much as I enjoyed depicting it.

Please comment if you wish; I'd love to know what you think.


kazumiwannabe said...

It's great - beautiful colors and light!

Sarah M said...

It's beautiful, Tracey. Fantastic sense of light!

Anonymous said...

I just knew this would come out beautifully. Go Ma.

I really like the stained glass projects you are doing. I know how complicated it must be to depict the type of glass itself, never mind the complex designs they form when together. Really really great job. Please feel proud of these.


Robert said...

Stained glass is one of my favorite mediums.... I like to photograph stained glass, but it's very hard to get it right. This certainly captures the "feel" of stained glass in a totally different format. I like the colors you chose....

You should check out the Map room at the Christian Science center... it's a giant globe made of stained glass that you can walk through... amazing.

"anonymous" is right... you should be very very proud. It's a great series.....