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.