Recent Work by Fidelis Glassworks
The Birth of Venus
This 18" by 19" piece takes advantage for the subtle coloration available using transparent enamels. The painting work began with traditional opaque vitreous pants to establish the darkest darks, then evolved with many layers of transparent enamels.
Original photo by Julian Schropel.
Jonah Goes Under
This piece is inspired by the theme "Under," an art show theme from the Scarab Club.
This 10" by 27" image is made of five layers of stained glass. Four of the layers are painted with traditional, kiln-fired glass paints.
Here we see Jonah sinking beneath the waves, having sacrificed his life to save the lives of his shipmates. He is portrayed at his moment of great crisis, sinking beneath the waves. Beneath him circles the great fish that will change his fate.
The fish is derived from the fearsome dolphin imagery of English heraldry--interpreted and transformed into a three-dimensional monster.
The glass is custom framed using premium, imported pine.
This 10" x 12" piece is inspired by the work of William Bouguereau. This lovely portrait was created to explore opportunities and constraints when using traditional glass paints and glass enamels.
Traditional glass paints provide the rich earth tones, blacks and browns. Traditional paints also provide the subtle reds laying the foundation for facial skin tones. Enamels provide the final tints for the face.
The floral border pieces assembled using traditional lead came and glass cement.
This 12" x 8" angel is a single piece of fused glass. The colored areas are carefully cut tinted glass, which were fused together in a kiln.
The line work simulates stained glass, but the lines were actually done with traditional glass paint.
The detail in the face, wings, clothing and banner, etc. were done with traditional glass paint. Gold tints and flesh tones were created using enamels.