nichepoetryandprose

poetry and prose about place

Posts Tagged ‘stained glass

stained glass

with 2 comments

Of all the media I have tried, working with glass has been the most satisfying, the most dangerous, the most fun, and the most dangerous. Did I say I think this medium is dangerous?

~

In 1995, I took a course in making stained glass. I had visions of completing a box light for above our bar. Something with parrots fluttering among broad Monstera leaves. In those days I was in full decorating mode and the home bar was to be called ‘le parroquet.’ It had a large artificial tree, vines from the ceiling, a three-panel diorama of African plain, a life-long collection of Tarzan books, and dozens of parrot bric-a-brac: parrot-shaped mugs, stir sticks and cushions. Some of this still exists, but the only part of the bar light completed was a lone parrot, unfettered by vines and leaves.

~

~

As I worked with the glass, I dreaded my sessions more and more. First I worried about being cut by the glass. Part of the process means scoring and breaking the glass into needed shapes. I actually never cut myself, but I worried that I would.

~

For ten years of my professional career, I worked in the field of air quality, so I was sensitive to issues of inhalation of particulates and gasses. As I honed the edges of the pieces of glass, I was aware that the process sent a fine glass powder into the air. I wore a mask, but felt lingering glass particles might be a result of the process. Next, the process involved laying down of lead solder between the bits of glass: use of flux and solder added to my air quality concerns.

~

In the end, I worked with stained glass less and less, and today, I have only a few pieces to represent my foray into making of stained glass. I know there are many stained glass artisans who work safely with beautiful results. But the medium was not for me.

~

Nevertheless, I can continue to ‘work’ with stained glass in my writing life. The next Kaye Eliot Mystery will be titled Stained Glass and will feature a stained glass artist who uses his medium to tell the story of a mystery four decades old. Working with stained glass may be dangerous, but hanging around with this particular stained glass artist might be dangerous too!

~

Stained Glass is now in the proof and beta-reading stage, so it will be published by March, 2022. For those who have enjoyed the previous Kaye Eliot Mysteries, this will be an enjoyable read. If you haven’t followed the mystery-loving family before, have a look at How Her Garden Grew here.

~

All my best,

and no cut fingers!

Jane

Written by jane tims

January 3, 2022 at 7:00 am

next Kaye Eliot Mystery: Stained Glass

with 5 comments

Set in Nova Scotia, the Kaye Eliot Mysteries feature a woman and her young family as they set out to solve local mysteries. You will love the kids, especially Matthew who adds his own naive curiosity to the mystery.

~

When I started writing the mysteries, I wanted each one to include a communication from the past. The mystery in How Her Garden Grew is sparked by a dusty bundle of letters found in a crawlspace. In Something the Sundial Said, Kate finds an old diary that leaves clues to a century-old murder. In Land Between the Furrows the family finds a stack of post cards and solves the mystery of a valuable stone.

~

~

Stained Glass presents a new mystery to the Eliot family. This mystery is also a communication from the past, from an artisan in the community. He has created a series of stained glass windows in houses along the Bay of Fundy shore. The stained glass artist asks Kaye to solve the mystery by finding the windows and discovering a secret he has kept for forty years.

~

Stained glass has always been my favourite art form. The interplay of colour and light creates a magical medium for telling stories and expressing emotion. In this mystery, Kaye will also make use of her botanical skills, interpreting the meanings of various plants and flowers included in the stained glass windows she finds.

~

Stained Glass will be published by the end of March 2022.

~

Here is a short excerpt from the story:

I looked into the room where the cat had gone. Not a room, but a long hallway, with a stairway at the end. I shrugged and followed the hall. At the foot of the stairs, I hesitated. Wandering around the main floor of an empty house was one thing. Climbing those stairs would be brazen, even for me.

The stairs led to a landing where a huge stained glass window let in a marquee of coloured light. I was very like the glass panel decorating the landing of our house. Even the picture was similar. Two women and two men. A grape vine gone crazy. One of the women, the one with the wings and a crane of stars, was looking out to sea, precariously near the edge. One of the men held on to her elbow. If I had to name the piece, I would have called it ‘teetering on the edge.’

I turned to face the room opposite the stairs and screamed.

~

~

Happy New Year and happy reading everyone!

Jane

Written by jane tims

December 29, 2021 at 7:00 am

Watercolour lessons # 2

leave a comment »

In week four of the watercolour course I am taking, we are using the techniques we have learned to paint landscapes.

~

First, we were asked to find an image/photo we like. I chose a scene from our cabin property, a photo of the lake through the trees, in late fall. It offered near and distant views and the colour palette I wanted to work with.

~

lake at camp

~

Then, we planned the painting, either visualizing the final presentation or actually sketching the landscape in pencil. I skipped the pencil because I love to draw and I guessed the end would be a full-blown pencil drawing.

~

in the painting, I also wanted to try a technique I have seen on Pinterest. Canadian artist Holly Anne Friezen’s paintings of forest sometimes interpret the jumble of leaves in the canopy as stained glass, and I have wanted to try this for some time. Other artists have also used this technique.

~

Scan_20200309 (4)

~

To do the painting, I took the work in stages:

  1. I used painter’s tape to mark the locations of the main trees. This way, I could concentrate on the background without worrying about painting the trees.
  2. I painted the background sky, lake and far shore using a wet on wet technique.
  3. I painted the forest floor of the near shore using the colours of the fall.
  4. I removed the tape and painted two types of trees, the mountain birch and the red maples that live along the lake shore.
  5. I switched to a fine brush, to paint the many branches of the trees. For the colour, I used some black, but also created dark grey by mixing the complimentary colours red and green, or orange and blue. I tried to criss-cross the branches so I would have many triangles and odd-shaped shapes to use for the stained-glass part of the work.
  6. After the paint was completely dry, I used orange, red, purple, yellow and green to colour the ‘stained glass’ shapes.

~

I loved the result so much, I did three paintings. In my opinion, the third painting is the best.

~

Scan_20200309 (6)

~

Scan_20200309

~

In retrospect, I would have created more transparent, pure colour in the ‘stained-glass’ by not painting the sky, lake and far shore under the areas where I wanted to paint the ‘stained-glass.’

~

I don’t always frame and hang my paintings, but I like these so much, I am going to find a place for them in my home.

All my best,

Jane

Written by jane tims

March 9, 2020 at 10:19 pm

in an orchard

leave a comment »

T. 'apples and branches' May 31 2016 Jane Tims

~

orchard

~

between apples, twigs and leaves

stems and branches

are glimpses

of sky

~

sapphire and cerulean

panes of leaded

transparent

glass

~

molten in motions of wind

edges in

malleable

light

~

fragile as blades of bent grass

stiffened by frozen

morning

dew

~

~

Copyright   2019   Jane Tims

~

All my best,

Jane

Written by jane tims

August 12, 2019 at 7:00 am

“Glorious Light”

with 7 comments

So far this winter I have read some terrific books. One of the best combines my interest in history with my love of stained glass.

~

scan0004

~

“Glorious Light — The Stained Glass of Fredericton” by John Leroux (Gaspereau Press, 2011) is a splendid photographic record of the best kept secret of Fredericton’s architecture. The book explores both sacred and secular examples of glass artistry throughout the city.  With examples, it describes and provides background on specific windows, some I have seen and wondered about since I came to Fredericton almost 40 years ago.

~

On Thursday evening this week, as part of our “Authors Coffee House” (Holy Trinity Anglican Church), John Leroux will give a presentation and reading of “Glorious Light”. John is a noted local architect and restoration specialist, and an engaging speaker. If you are in the Fredericton area, this would be a great way to spend a Thursday evening. Perhaps I’ll see you there!

~

john-leroux-poster

~

 

Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

January 24, 2017 at 8:38 pm

‘Outside-In No. 2’ – bringing the outside into our homes

with 2 comments

I have submitted another painting to Isaac’s Way Restaurant, for their 24th Art Auction and Sale.  This event will run from May 24, 2015 to September 20, 2015.  The proceeds from the auction go to sponsor kids-in-need for theatre lessons.

~

Looking for a theme for my recent work, I decided to do a series of still life paintings about the many elements of the out-of-doors we bring into our homes.  This includes items collected on walks, motifs on fabrics and metals, small statuary and so on.  My second painting in the series is ‘Outside-In No. 2’ – a still life of books, a jar of potpourri, a metal bird sculpture, pine cones and my fern curtains.

For the painting, I used Chromium Oxide Green, Burnt Umber, Titanium White, Phthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow and Quinacridone Magenta. I finished some surfaces in the painting with Golden Polymer Medium (Gloss) to give some items shine and a smooth texture.

~

Jane Tims 'Outside-In No 1' May 2015

Jane Tims ‘Outside-In No 2’ May 14, 2015 (24″ X 20″ acrylic, gallery edges)

~

The first painting in the series was ‘outside-in’, currently displayed in the 23rd Art Auction at Isaac’s Way. It features a moss terrarium and dragon sculpture.  There are still a few days remaining in the 23rd auction (until May 24, 2015) so if you are local, it is a great way to own some original art and contribute to a worthy cause!  The paintings in the auction can be seen at:

http://isaacsway.ca/art/

~

Jane Tims  'outside-in'  February 12, 2015

Jane Tims ‘outside-in’ February 12, 2015 (24″ X 20″, acrylic, gallery edges)

~

The canvas for my next painting stands ready on the easel.  Now, to look around the house for some out-of-doors items to include in the painting!

~

Copyright  2015  Jane Tims  

Written by jane tims

May 18, 2015 at 7:10 am

green flame

with 4 comments

20141208-154015.jpg
~
In the afternoon, on a sunny day, the light from the stained glass window in our stairwell finds a place on the wall of our living room. For a few moments, blues, reds and greens create a gorgeous splash of colour. Yesterday afternoon, the spotlight settled behind the curtained door to the library. And a green flame shimmered among the folds of fabric, a reminder of the greenery slumbering out in the yard, beneath the snow.
~
~
Copyright 2014 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

December 10, 2014 at 7:15 am

writing a novel – another look at old churches

with 4 comments

As I write my novel, I am amazed at how many instances of abandoned churches I have encountered in my life.  I have come to think that I live at a time that will be remembered for a great turnover in our churches.  With the need for energy efficiency and financial stability, congregations are actively seeking the ideal ‘place’.

I understand why this should be so.  But I still love the idealized rural church of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Earlier this month, we took a drive to Saint Martins.  Near Garnett Settlement, we saw yet another re-purposed church.

old church near Garnett Settlement

This one was abandoned a few years ago, after there were only four parishioners to keep it going.  It was sold and has been turned into a country treasures gift store called the ‘Old Fangled Steeple’.

windows in old church near Garnett Settlement

The church still has almost all of its stained glass windows intact.

DSCF8355_crop

~

window - 'Jesus teaching by the sea'

~

For some beautiful images of abandoned churches, have a look at:

http://pinterest.com/patiluhayes/old-churches/

For a rather sad tour of the inside of some abandoned churches, see:

http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-abandoned-churches?image=23

~

Copyright  Jane Tims  2012

DSCF8358_crop

Written by jane tims

December 21, 2012 at 7:29 am

sacred spaces

with 7 comments

Abandoned churches are a particularly poignant reminder of how ephemeral our human spaces can be.  In most cases, churches are abandoned for reasons of practicality – the maintenance costs are too high and refurbishing costs exceed starting over. 

I think about the people who originally planned and built the church.  They needed a place to meet and worship.  They probably had a hard time pulling together the resources.  There would have been a first Sunday service in the new church, perhaps a celebration afterwards with a meal and speeches.

It was probably a heart-wrenching decision to abandon the church.  So many baptisms, weddings and funerals.  So many personal experiences of being near to God.  So many forgotten moments of amusing bored children, nodding-off during sermons, singing off-key, and greeting friends and neighbours.

Some older churches are maintained because of their heritage value, and used occasionally for special services…

Some churches are sold and repurposed, into office space, or even homes…

Some churches are abandoned entirely, left as reminders of the landscape of the past…

Although it is vacant, this old church has someone to care for it, evidenced by the mowed lawn.

 

Crataegus

~

between ruby glass

and hard wood floor

a slide of light and three

~

extinguished candles

smoke lifts from smoulder

each mote a particle

~

of spectral light, mosaic

shard, image

reassembled in three

~

dimensions

shepherd, hawthorn

lamb

~

©  Jane Tims 2011

Written by jane tims

September 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Posted in sacred spaces

Tagged with , ,

%d bloggers like this: