Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"Circular Movement" work in progress

I have been working on a smaller glass panel titled "Circular Movement". Here is some of the progress with the bevels and piecing together.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Standard Glass Bevel compared to an Isaac Smith Bevel

I would like to explain a bit more about standard bevels and the bevels that I have been producing in my artwork.  
The following is a pic of a design that I am working on.  In the image on the left I drew out the bevels using  3/8 inch width . As the image shows the width is the same all around the shape on all bevels.  The design on the right shows the width of the bevels changing.  The left design looks nice but is flat as a whole.  I found that by changing the width there is much more depth and movement throughout the piece.  

The following 2 images shows a standard bevel where the width is the same all around the shape and a bevel that I am working on for this design which shows the width widens or narrows in different areas around the shape.

This is one thing that distinguishes my work from other glass artist's work.  I have created more depth, movement and light play throughout my designs which in turn adds so much more to a piece of art for your home. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Other Inspiration for my Designs- The Human form

I use the human form to express different emotions or expressions.  The form is very expressive in the way it moves, is posed.  Either the whole figure of just parts are very inspiring for me in painting and glass design.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Inspiration-Trees and Changing Seasons

Trees and the changing seasons seem to be a continual theme and inspiration for paintings.  Here are examples of a Winter Tree and Fall Tree.  I was showing the feeling of the 2 different seasons with the use of different colors to portray the sky colors as well as the color in the trees.  I find it interesting that the music aspect as discussed in previous post appears here as well.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Orchestral/Classical Music Inspires Me

I enjoy listening to orchestral music, it evokes a multitude of colors and shapes.  Images of specific colors for different instruments come to mind as I listen.  Sometimes shapes form in relation to a single instrument or to multiple instruments.  When I paint an instrument with a musician I involve both and have the colors and shapes envelope both as the emotion from the performer transfers through the instrument and music.  
My favorite composers are Beethoven and Vivaldi, and I do enjoy some works of Mozart, Bach, Rachmaninoff, as well as operas from multiple composers.  
Here are some images of some paintings that were influenced by orchestral music.

I do paint specifically to the music but I do find that the orchestral music influences a lot of my design work whether it be painting or glass.

What music inspires you? Who is your favorite composer or musician/artist?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Inspiration - Wind Flowing Through Trees

Wind flowing through trees has been an inspiration for both my painting and glass work.  I love the sound of the leaves rustling, I imagine the wind not only pushing a tree but flowing around the trunk, spiraling the branches, pulling on them.  It is more of a flowing through and pulling as it goes through to the other side.  

I depicted this in a painting titled Gusty

I love the flow of it.  Here are some details

Feel free to leave comments as to what inspires you.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

What Inspires You?

For the next several posts I want to share what inspires me in creating oil paintings and stained glass and want to know what inspires you to create or generally what inspires you.  
The first thing I will share is that I love bike riding and I find that I will have thoughts pop in my mind of images or ideas of what to create or what to write on the blog.  Even if it is just a half an hour I feel refreshed and invigorated.  The last ride I had I was inspired to write this blog and what I could share about certain paintings and glass projects I have had.  
I look forward to hearing what inspires you.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July 4th Celebrations

I am wishing you all a fun and safe July 4th celebration.  I am going to enjoy a few days off this week and relax.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Shopping for New Paint Brushes

After the last couple of paintings and using brushes that were frayed a little too much I decided to go get some new brushes.

I always enjoy shopping for new art supplies. I have not used this brand before so hopefully they work well for me. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Upcoming Art Shows

I have a couple of shows/events coming up in the next few months that I want to inform you of and hope that you can attend.

The first is First Friday in Vancouver Washington on Friday August 3 at Windermere Real Estate at 210 E 13th St, Suite 100 Vancouver, WA 98660. I will give the hours when the date gets closer.

The second is the Clark County Studio Tours the first weekend of Nov 3-4.  This event showcases 50 artists who open up their studio for the weekend. 

At both events I will be showing and have original oil paintings and stained glass for sale as well as photos of stained glass that has been installed in various client's homes.  

Please reserve these dates, I would enjoy seeing you.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Glass Repair for Kitchen Cabinet

I received a call about a broken piece of glass in a kitchen cabinet and it was such that I could do the repair.  I don't talk about repair much so I thought I would share this.  I may post other repair work in the future. A corner piece was cracked so I took out the broken pieces as shown in the upper right of the top picture.  The panel was pieced together using copper foil and soldered together.  I had to remove the copper foil of the good sections of glass that joins the replacement glass and re-foil them.  I foiled the new piece and then soldered both front and back.  After completing the repair I remounted it into the cabinet frame.

Friday, June 1, 2018

In the Studio- beveling glass

I had to take a studio picture to submit when I applied for the Clark County Open Studios Tour and thought I would show it here.

This is where I bevel the inside curves of different glass shapes.  I use a flat wheel located in a different area for beveling straight edge and outside curves.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Client Response from Transom Window

After installing the transom window I heard from the owners and they talked about how much they loved the window.  I asked them to write something pertaining to the process and this is their response:

Isaac kept our vision in focus all the time and was very easy to work

with; answering all of our questions, explaining the process, and

offering his artistic advice.  We visited his studio various times to

view progress, and together, adjust/tweak/update the work as we saw it

come to fruition. We are so pleased with the outcome and are enjoying it

tremendously! Our window is the artistic touch we were looking for in

our home! Isaac created a custom piece that reflects us!

Val Hambley and Kenn Wong
Battle Ground, WA

I am very pleased that they are enjoying the window and that they will for many years to come.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Transom Panel Completed and Installed!

The arched transom stained glass panel that I have been showing different stages of is now completed and installed.

Here is a picture of the transom window above the client's front door.

And now the transom window with the stained glass panel along with some detail shots.

What a difference it made having the stained glass in place.  It softens up the grids, the lighting and really plays with the light.  The colors compliment the surroundings, the different wood tones, colors they have in their décor.  I am very pleased with the results as are the client.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hand Beveleling and Bonding Glass for Transom Window

After Cleaning the panel, I draw the center portion of the clear bevels and cut out colored glass to be hand beveled and bonded onto the clear bevels.

 The above picture shows the bevels at the first or rough stage. 3 more stages to take it through polishing.

After applying the UV adhesive, a UV lamp cures and bonds the glass together.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Starting to Clean the Panel for the Transom Window

Starting to clean the stained glass panel for the transom window.  I use a horseshoe nail to clean out the putty along the came as it oozes out during the drying process.  

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Puttying the Transom Window and historical use

Today I finished puttying the panel for the transom window, it now has to set up for a week or two before cleaning.  Historically this was done for stained glass windows to weather proof the window as it was the only thing blocking the outside weather from the building interior.  Today stained glass windows are either mounted on the inside against a thermopane window or suspended or sandwiched between tempered glass.  This process is still done because it fills the space that is in the channel where the glass fits in.  It also makes the panel more solid.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Soldering the Transom Window

The next step after piecing the panel together is to solder the joints.  
Initially, roughing the surface is needed followed by adding flux so the solder will flow and finally soldering.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bending the Zinc Came and Compled Piecing theTransom Panel

The last step to finishing piecing together the panel is to bend the zinc outer bar came to fit the top arch.  

After bending the came I then fit it on top of the panel, cutting the ends to fit.

The next step will be to solder the joints and then putty the whole panel.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Process of Cutting the Glass Shapes for the Transom Window

I thought I would share some of the steps in cutting the glass in the shapes needed for the Transom Window I am working on.

When using transparent glass, whether clear or colored, I set a piece on top of the shape that I will be cutting.  I draw a line on the glass over the came where the glass will set in.

Using a glass cutter I score a line into the glass over the ink line I drew out.

I break off the part not needed and repeat with the lower section.

I set the piece into the channel in the came, making sure everything fits and then draw the rest of the shape on the glass.  I draw the line to the inside of the shape from where the line is drawn out on the paper because the lines drawn on the paper is the center of the came. If I cut the glass to the exact lines on the design the whole panel would get pushed out and become too large.  

Everything fits! Next step is to add the came and work on the next piece.