Australian Clematis, flowering beautifully at the moment. This was at Quarry Reserve, Briagalong, where I sometimes wonder for a dose of sanity.Perfect for a cobalt blue bowl, blown by Philip Stokes. How to make it more interesting is a game, sometimes easy but often frustrating, but always a personal achievement.
Preliminary drawing for this idea to be put onto glass. I needed to work out the overall structure and the detail of the flowers so that it wasn’t just a flat mass. Halfway through I decided to use a small bit of colour and make it into some sort of finished drawing. Not something I do a lot of but personally I rather like it. White charcoal and conte pencil on blue paper. 20 x 64 cm.
Works in progress. For anyone unsure I use a foredom flexible shaft drill with diamond and small stone burrs. There is a water drip over the work to prevent dust and heat. Light has to be coming through to get the shading which is achieved by taking tiny amounts of the blue flashing off the clear glass base.I was lucky enough to use sunlight streaming through the studio window on the early spring morning.
And the finished piece, on a plastic stand until I get the steel one made. Very difficult to photograph. The light on the engraving is what keeps me a glass engraver, no other medium has this magic. The chimney is very subtle, and gives it that something other than decoration. (I hope)
An update. More details of the old man under tree, and the smaller embryo is started for “children playing, with boxes.” This is a bit different as it is much smaller and needs a bold design. Less fiddly bits but the edges still have to be very refined to get the most out of the image.
Getting right into the details of the new graal. I want it to look light enough to have been flicked in with a brush. So there’s a long way to go. Most of the background is cut away roughly. There’s more drawing to be done before I tackle the figures.