Stained Glass Window Celebrates Three Generations
This stained glass panel celebrates three generations of the client’s family. The client was gifting it as a Christmas gift 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. We had a few conversations about shared interests, special events and memories to help guide the design. The client remembered that her mother had always wanted to have a family portrait done. Each of them would pose dressed in white, flowing drapery. She also remembered one of her mom’s favorite sayings that she remembered hearing when she was a girl: “I love you to the moon.”
Because this was a family portrait, I thought it was important to include all three generations. The client agreed and so all four of them are wearing flowing robes like Greek muses. The client and her two daughters are standing, each carrying a sunflower. They are gathered around her mother who is seated. She has a bouquet of sunflowers on her lap. A scrolled banner bearing the quote “I love you to the Moon’ is in the foreground.
The client wanted the faces to have some detail to them. I worked from photos to get the faces to look realistic. I wanted the sunflowers to really stand out as they were were an important part of the imagery. By tack fusing the elements I was able to achieve a dimensional quality. I did the lettering in liquid gold and fired it to a high temperature for a brilliant luster.
The finished window is a testament to the strong bonds of this close-knit family.