Blurred Lines

In photography, it’s not too hard to accomplish a blurred effect: just take an out of focus photograph, right? To make it artistic or appealing… well, that’s another story.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur

In painting as well, blurring can be used to great effect.

Glass artists who are skilled with warm glass techniques can practically “paint” with glass. Nuances of color and shape intertwine just as though the artist had taken brush to canvas, but instead of using oils or acrylics, had somehow swirled a palette of glass into a shining masterpiece. In 3D, no less!

When working as I do with “cold” glass, and building panels using the lead came method, it’s hard to “color outside the lines,” as it were.


Close-up of glass panel showing the individual pieces held together with lead “came.”

That’s where creative glass selection comes in. With a little imagination – from both artist and viewer – the glass can be made to suggest the blurring of detail. Some examples:


The blurring of dark purple, pink and white suggest a clouded sunset in the background of the panel above. With virtually no delineation in the trees, the use of glass with varying amounts of pink incorporated suggests multiple stages of pink blossoms.


In the panel above, the blur of colors around the woman could be a field of wildflowers, a body of water reflecting colorful light, or whatever else the viewer’s imagination conjures up.

So maybe leaded work can’t physically blur the lines, but if we think outside the box, we can color outside the lines.

Pass the crayons!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur

About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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7 Responses to Blurred Lines

  1. Debbie says:

    Wow, thats amazing Maggie – what artistry!

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  2. Tina Schell says:

    These are really beautiful – did you create the glass as well as the photos?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Maggie C says:

    Hi, Tina. Thank you. Yes, I created the panels. Stained glass is my passion.


  4. Maggie C says:

    Or it you meant do I actually make the glass, no I don’t.


  5. Cool effect on the photo and great job on the stained glass.


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