Saturday, May 7, 2011
Niagara University 12/12 window, very top, final window! Not yet leaded. No light coming through.
All of the windows are now in the process of being professionally photographed. They will be ready this coming week. I hired John Hand to do this work. That will make it possible to create cards and reproductive images of this suite of windows, important to the Nursing Alumni of Niagara University and for my own files.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Details of stained glass windows for Niagara University. Top: Portrait of St. Vincent de Paul, tracing black, bistre brown and light umber brown mixed with tracing black on bronze Spectrum system 96 glass. This portrait is in window 11/12.
Bottom: Detail of window 12/12, top of window, 6 winged seraph angel. Tracing black, yellow and orange silver stain on Bullseye Reactive glass.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
These are new glass for the Niagara University Nursing Alumni windows. The top window represents the nursing pin, window #3/12, not yet leaded. The second window is the Franciscan window representing the Franciscan Sisters who taught in the early Niagara Nursing program, window 10/12, not yet leaded. The bottom image is a detail of the Franciscan window (sorry about the glare), is the tau cross with Jesus and Francis, fused and painted glass.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Here are the next three windows for Niagara University. Windows 7/12, 8/12, and 8/12. They are not yet leaded. Images in Glass of Hamburg, NY, are doing the leading and installation. Three more to go! Number 10 is already on the table.
See the designs for these three windows below.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
This design is a mandala (a sacred circle) inspired by the San Damiano Cross from the Franciscan tradition. The image in the center is the Jesus from that cross, only it is the countour of his body, however, highly recognizable as that Jesus.
The outer areas are a visual representation of the Canticle of the Sun, a poem by St. Francis of Assisi. This image has come to be my own personal signature style. It speaks to a sense of who I have become in my life, a person representative of the sacred in my chosen lifestyle as a religious Felician-Franciscan Sister.
The Canticle is important to my love of nature but has become a representation of my fascination with the idea of alchemy, transformational ideas and imagery but connected with Roman Catholic Christian practices in contemplation and personal change.
The process begins with a pencil drawing, then black india ink with lacquer to make it totally waterproof. I then take a digital image of the work for use in later black and white graphic design and possible changes. I then add colored inks, watercolor and acrylic (all water-based mediums) on vellum or Japanese Yuppo paper to give it a translucent effect. Some of the inks are sometimes iridized colors to give the effect of glass. I digitize the colored image, again, for publication purposes.
This particular image was produced as a logo design for the national Franciscan Federation Conference of 2010. It was extremely well received and is now being used on note cards and perhaps a t -shirt in this current year. I am also considering it for a stained glass window in the future. It’s design would work quite well in fusion and painting, another process I use in my work.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Here are the newest designs for the third tier of windows at Niagara University. It reflects the academic areas of the Niagara Alumni Nursing program. At the very top, the Military Nurses are honored. The star with the banner represents all of the branches of the military. The alums say that these nurses are the most honorable of all nursing branches.
Each window is represented by three different types of deciduous trees. The bottom, research, is represented by the elm tree. The second, academics, is represented by the ginko tree and the third, leadership, is represented by the oak tree. All of these trees are of an old and hardwood line.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
This suite of windows, created in 1990 for a Felician Chapel that has since closed in North Tonawanda, NY, has been temporarily installed in the Our Lady of Hope Chapel in Beaver Falls, PA, until the permanent stained glass windows are complete.
Top to bottom: Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Brother Wind/Sister Air, Sister Water, Brother Fire.