Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Amazing Response to Stained Glass installation

In February of this year I installed a bathroom window which I posted about, showing before and after pics.  Following is the completed window:

After a couple of months living with the window they sent me an email with this response:

Hi Isaac,
    We are absolutely loving our glass!! You captured our style and the uniqueness that we were hoping for. Your professional manner & talent are amazing. I will refer anyone interested your way.
Thank you again for such beautiful work.
    Bob & Terreca Endresen

I am very pleased that they are enjoying the piece!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How to Increase Light Play in Your Transom Window

A lot of homes have a transom window or windows and they seem too high for shades or too high to look out and enjoy the view.  Some look straight to a neighbor's house or through their window.  There is a great solution to providing privacy if needed and also a way to increase light play and have glass textures and colors dance around the house:  Architectural Stained Glass.

The above image shows a transom window that is on the second floor of an entryway and from different angles one can see different neighbors. 

This is after installing a stained glass window which I designed and built.  This adds so much more light play, playing with background colors, bending the light differently to create a lot more interest in the space. 

Here is an image of the window from the exterior.  Fun to see it lit up from the interior.

Detail of the bevels which were hand made with color pieces beveled and bonded on top of the clear bevel. 

I can be reached at Isaac@isaacdsmith.com or 509-280-6344 to discuss with you different options for your home or office.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Design Inspiration for Your Bathroom Window

The following example can be applied to any window in your home, in this case I am showing designs from the last project I did which was a bathroom window. 

When I first saw the space and spoke with the client, we spoke of the different elements within the space such as the circles and other elements in the tile work, I noticed how she decorated the space with bamboo, I also was looking beyond the window to what was outside.  She discussed how she wanted some privacy because of a house with a window that the occupant could possibly see in.  She also did not want to obscure all areas of the window so she could see the trees and other natural things beyond the window.

I listened to what her concerns were and she was open to different design concepts. 
In looking at the space I wanted to tie in the natural components of the trees/bamboo leaves and the way they flowed and to also tie in the circular elements of the tile work. 

I presented a couple of designs:
Both designs had a nice flow and I used the "branch" lines to help incorporate the circular elements within the bathroom.  She loved both designs and leaned more toward the left design.  We discussed different types of glass, where to give privacy and where to allow her to view the trees outside.  The final result turned out wonderful!  She loves the piece and it has added a lovely piece of art as well as being  functional in the sense that it gives privacy yet still adds light to the space.

I incorporated a lot of beveled glass to manipulate the light and add more definition and depth to the piece. 

This was a challenging project and resulted in a fun and elegant piece!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bathroom Window Completed!

I installed the bathroom window last week.  I am very pleased with the way it turned out.  It ties into the space very nicely.

 Top image is the before shot, next one is after install.

I look forward to getting pics of it when the sun shines through it, casting colors and textures around the space.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bathroom window continued

The following pictures is of the art glass panel pieced together and details of some of the hand beveled glass.  The next steps are to solder all the joints then cut the colored glass, and putty. Keep in mind that the look of this will be very different when it is in the actual space with natural light. 

The next few images show the colored glass cut for the center of the clear bevels, closer look at the colors, and the last image shows the beveling that will take place for all the colored pieces.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Bathroom Window

I am currently working on a glass panel to go into a bathroom window.  
This is the window in front of a bathtub.

Off to the left through the window a neighbor can see into this space.  The client wants privacy and also to be able to still enjoy seeing the trees in the upper areas of the panel. 

The dimensions are about 46 inches tall by 22 inches wide.  

The following pics show the design drawn out and glass being cut for beveling.  The second pic shows beveling in progress.

The long beveled glass in the last pic is almost 22 inches long.  Some of the sections of glass to be cut in the design showing in the middle pic are going to be very difficult to cut.  I guess I wanted to challenge myself with this project.  

Friday, November 18, 2016

Artist Studio Tour

Last weekend (Nov12,13) I was part of the Clark County Artist Studio Tour. 50 artists had been selected to open their studios and sell/show their work.   I had a great time meeting new people and discussing the art.
130 guests walked through my studio!  I wish I had taken pics when it was full but I was busy talking with them.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Glass for Designs 3 and 4 completed!

Here are the completed panels for designs 3 and 4.

 I really enjoy the way the bevels turned out in the above triangles.  It has a lot more depth and movement changing the width of the bevel.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Designs 3 and 4

These are the last 2 designs of the hanging pieces I am making.  The triangles in the bottom one are beveled glass with colored glass beveled and bonded in the middle.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Design 2 completed!

This is a fun design, hand beveled pieces play with the light.  I did not bevel all around the shape of the glass which really adds interest and depth.  There is a zinc border which is cropped off for the pic.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Design 1 completed!

Design one is completed,  using clear textured glass in the main design and a milky glass for the background, the orange/red streaky glass is beveled to add light play and depth.  Zinc came surrounds the piece which is not pictured and a chain on top to hang it up.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

New Glass Design, 2 of 4

This is the second design I am working on for smaller stained glass window hanging pieces.  I will be showing pics of the glass panels as I complete them.

I drew in where I will be beveling the glass.  I am excited about this design and really like the depth and movement that the beveling will create.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Before/After beveling colored glass

The top pic shows the shapes cut and not beveled.  Below pic shows the same shapes beveled.  The colors that are in the different layers of the glass show through with the bevel.  The bevel also changes the light so the glass shimmers more.  Once these are assembled there is more depth to the overall design as will be shown once the panel is completed.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New Glass Design, 1 of 3

I am working on creating 3 to 4 small glass panels to hang in windows.  This is the first design and will begin choosing colors and glass textures.
Several of the pieces will be hand beveled to add light play and depth.  I really enjoy the feel of this design.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

What to say when applying for artist grants and shows

Over the last several years I have been applying to several artist grants and have not received anything to date.  The last two I asked for feedback and found out what I can work on for the next ones that I apply for.

Yes, images are very important, but the written portions of what you say are even more so it seems.
Here is what was said about my last one:

"The panelists did enjoy your work.  They appreciated your examples of contemporary stained glass, in particular the curvilinear Flight panels.  In skimming through your application, I think an area for potential improvement is your statement of need and your artist statement. In your statement of need you clearly articulate what you need these funds for, which is really important and great.  Adding in a component that really demonstrates why this award is important to your practice, and what receiving this award would mean to you could really strengthen your application, as this was a point of focus within panel deliberation, would be a good way to build on this.  I really appreciated the discussion of where you find inspiration for your work, and the joy your work brings, and I think deepening this description and really going into the why of how you find inspiration, or why you love creating in glass would be a way to further the impact of your current clear descriptions and really bring your message home to the reader."

I had written what was asked of me, but going further with it seems to be very important.  So, those of you who are applying for grants and shows, make sure your written portions are very thorough.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Stained glass and oil painting combination, completed

This is the completed experiment of combining and oil painting and stained glass.
I am pleased with the way it turned out.  I have title it Dual Wave as it has 2 mediums as well as the 2 waves.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Xanadu Gallery features my work!

A few days ago Xanadu Gallery featured me on their facebook page and had some great things to say about my work and artist bio.  I am grateful to them and am glad to be a part of their online site.  They show contemporary work and have some great artists showing there.

May catalogue artist Isaac Smith, really shines with his unique style and impressive use of color and shape. His bio is a must read and you can also get a look at some of his other work on his profile page: http://www.xanadugallery.com/2013/Artists/ArtistPage.php…

Monday, May 2, 2016

Stained Glass and Oil Painting combination, an experiment part 2

 The basic design was drawn out in ink and shown on the previous post.  I really enjoy the sound of ocean waves.  I wanted to capture the wave in motion and have fun with painting and glass together as I work in both mediums.  I like the idea of the glass flowing off of the canvas.

The first image is of the design drawn on the canvas and tracing paper around the canvas.
 The second image shows the painting started and the shapes for the glass pieces cut out of the tracing paper and taped together.  I then took the tracing paper cutouts and drew them on a large sheet of butcher paper for the glass sections.
 The image below shows the painting portions of the piece completed.
 The glass pieces starting to be pieced together.
This has been a challenge lining up the glass sections to fit between the painted sections.  It is coming together.  After completing the glass section the next issue will be how to secure the glass piece onto the canvas.  I have a rough idea at this point.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

"Take your child to work",day

Today, I have had the pleasure of my son joining me at work.  I showed him the process of designing a window for a client, how to figure out the square footage of a window, the business side of doing art, etc  We have been having fun!
He has learned that there is a lot to the process of creating the completed project.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stained Glass and Oil Painting Combination- an Experiment

I am trying something different, something I have not seen before and thought I would give it a shot and see how it turns out.  I have been mulling over this for quite awhile and it is finally coming together in my mind.  The idea is of an ocean wave flowing off of a canvas.  Portions of the design would be oil painted and others would be glass flowing off the space.
This is the basic concept sketched out.

I have the glass all picked out and am excited about it.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Church windows completed!

This was an 8 window project for St Peters catholic church in Spokane, WA.  As noted earlier in previous posts about the process I noted that the design was by Joan Smith in Coer d Alene, ID which I also gave input into the design and I fabricated the windows.
They are beautiful in the space which is pretty high up in the entry way. The image depicts the Holy Spirit.  I enjoyed working with Joan and Andi from the church and am grateful for the opportunity to create these windows.


 The above image shows the panes reflected in glass.

This bottom one shows light scattering from the bevels and the colors/textures when the sun shines through.