Thursday, June 16, 2016

Inspired by John Piper

I really have been inspired by John Piper's stained glass windows in particular. I wish I'd seen the YouTubes of his work before I made my original piece for the book.


This was the page I used in the book and it does look rather staid, but it does give the impression I was looking for.


It all started with this little sketch of an old window taken out probably by Gaudi's team when they were restoring the Cathedral in Majorca, The Cathedral of Light. The atmosphere in the cathedral on a sunny day is stupendous and I have never forgotten the thrill it gave me back in 1998.
 My DH was very patient with me and took me to places I wanted to visit even though he had no interest. He sat people watching while I wandered all over the place. I went down to the crypt where I found all these windows with the glass taken out leaning against the wall. While everyone else was looking at the new windows I was there sketching and taking photos of these old windows.


I used them to make one of my boards for the Cityand Guilds course I was doing at the time. I made stencils which I used for these windows. The two above are in a journal.


Then of course I had to play with the sketch in my PSP and I think the one above is the one that reminds me most of those old windows in the crypt. 


And this one reminds me of the way the sun shone through the coloured windows until the cathedral shone around us taking my breath away. The rest of the images are a bit of fun that I enjoyed. I think I will make more imitation leaded windows, but more modern and maybe in a similar style to the windows in Coventry Cathedral which I went to see in the 1950ies before I had started doing City and Guilds and taking an interest in this sort of thing.




8 comments:

Ali Honey said...

Yummy Colours. Isn't colour and light and dark a wonderful thing?

Toni said...

So inspiring Mags. Want to search for some window photos myself now. Sure I have some from Coventry and was also impressed by Liverpool Cathedrals as well as Brisbane.

Margaret Roberts said...

Thanks for commenting Ali. And I love playing with the colours too.

Margaret Roberts said...

I'm glad I inspired you Toni :) I think it would suit the work you do very well?

Ann Divine said...

Lovely work Mags. I've always found stained glass windows fascinating and inspiring. They are perfect for experimenting with digital art.

Heather said...

I love these windows and the colours you have played with for them. It is amazing what you can discover if you venture into a crypt. I can remember coming face to face with the most wonderful old door with beautiful ironwork all over it in the crypt at Wells Catherdral.

Margaret Roberts said...

Thanks Ann. I enjoyed this so much. I have been playing again this morning but not the computer. I am just in the process of connecting to Sky instead of BT. I am connected now, but a few teething problems. My nerves are shattered :)

Margaret Roberts said...

Thanks Heather. My DH would have been worried had he known the strange, lonely places I ended in.