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.