Back lighting

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Several of my mosaics for the show are glass on glass, they are translucent….wonderful, right?  Well, it presents a problem.  Whatever is behind helps color and illuminate the artwork.  Sky, foliage, daylight…or in the case of a gallery setting…the wall color. Without any backlighting, the effect is somewhat dull.  I want my glass pieces to sparkle and shine, as in this quote:

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” –Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

I hung my mosaic titled “9 Gifts” on my dining room wall that’s painted the color Bee’s Wax.  It definitely needed a “light from within”.

And of course, Jeff had a set of LED lights with a sticky back.  That man always has a trick up his sleeve!  He is quite amazing, I must say!  Here they are on the back of the window, temporarily wired:

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Here is the mosaic, glowing from within:

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Note the peeling paint, and lack of grout!  My final answer.  I love the patina of the old paint and the crackily effect of the clear glass without grout. 

And with the lights dimmed:

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The show…”Windows 2.013” is getting very close.  Jeff and I keep coming up with new ideas….the only thing holding us back is the ticking clock!  Why does it always happen this way…guess we work best under pressure. 

10 responses »

  1. Deb, you know how much I love these Windows. Its so cool to see them lit up. They look fabulous lit up.

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