Here is a quick look at the glazing process in a traditional stained glass window. Traditional materials and tools that have been used since medieval times in this ancient art.
While Leonardo's Last Supper is the most iconic, Juan de Juanes version made a better composition for my square format, three lancet window. I re-enacted each character to get the anatomy correct and make the changes necessary to fit each figure into this window.
Love is Our Mission was the theme for the World Meeting of Families, which took place here in Philadelphia this past September. I had to wait till after the event to pour through hundreds of images of Pope Francis to get all the specific details for this design. I chose to pose him in front of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul. The composition had many objectives, it had to balance with the Divine Mercy medallion right next to it, and tie to the St. Thérèse and St. Louis and Zélie Martin medallions I did in another set of narthex doors. More on them in another post.
In the final stage of etching the Pope Francis medallion.
Just in time for Christmas and the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy... I installed one of my new etched glass, laminated doors with an original medallion of Divine Mercy at Annunciation BVM Church in Havertown, PA. The composition includes St. Peters Basilica in the background and my original version of St. Faustina's vision of Divine Mercy. It's one of a pair of doors and medallions the other being Pope Francis from his visit to Philadelphia which I'll share next.
I'm just getting started on etching here, but it gives you the scale I'm working at. All that great Renaissance architecture, Bramante, Michelangelo, and Bernini gave me loads of details to spend many hours with!