This project was a Christmas gift from the client to her mother. She wanted the design to include her two daughters and her mother and to use her mother’s favorite colors, yellow, orange and red. After a few conversations about shared interests, special events and memories that might guide the design, the client remembered something her mother had always wanted to do- have a family portrait done with each of them dressed in white, flowing drapery. Her mom also has a favorite saying that she remembered hearing when she was a girl: “I love you to the moon.”
As this was going to be a family portrait, it seemed important to include all three generations. The four of them are dressed in flowing robes like Greek muses. The client and two daughters are standing, each carrying a sunflower, gathered around her mother who is seated with a bouquet of sunflowers on her lap. A scrolled banner bearing the quote in gold lettering is in the foreground.
The client wanted the faces to have some detail to them. Portraiture is not my strong suit as an artist and working from photos was a challenge. I realized at a certain point that for me, working with glass paint is more like sculpting than painting. I found myself having more control by removing paint rather than by adding paint. I wanted the sunflowers to really stand out so I tack fused the elements to give them a dimensional quality. The lettering is done in liquid gold and fired at a high temperature for a brilliant finish.
The finished panel is a testament to the strong bonds of this close-knit family.
Dimensions: 18″ x 18″