Back lighting

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:


Here is the mosaic, glowing from within:


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:


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 thoughts on “Back lighting”

  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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