Art in Progress: Music in Stained Glass for June 4th “Mystic and Majestic” concert by Virginia Bronze

I am so excited to making these stained glass works for the

Mystical and Majestic: Music and Light Handbell Concert

Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble

Saturday, June 17th, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

Lorton, VA at the Workhouse Arts Center!!!

To see the video on the making of the artwork, please click the link below!

https://spark.adobe.com/video/zUCv0o114ny3i/

I’m still  creating all the art for a art/music collaboration with Virginia Bronze Community Handbell Ensemble.  They are having a concert on June 4th at the George Washington National Masonic Temple in Alexandria,  and again on June 17th, at the Workhouse Arts Center,  entitled Mystic and Majestic.  My efforts include prepresenting four music works in  large scale, stained glass panels on six-foot tall stands with lighting.  This has been quite the challenge and such a joy to work on  each day.  The Four Works I’m creating visuals for are: Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Debussy’s Sunken Cathedral, Mussorgsky’s Great Gate of Kiev and the Lux Aeterna.

Stravinsky middle panel

The middle panel representing Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite

A very special thanks to following wonderful people, who are donating to my active Kickstarter.  All the art for this project will be able to come to fruition, due to your help. I can’t thank each of you enough. Thankyou sooo much!

Mark Anderson/ Linda Malmgren/ Jessica Gardner / Sarah Liberatore / Lisa Eckstein / Tim Rizer / Lura Bovee / Erika Malmgren / Camille Henry /  Harald Malmgren / Nataliya Gurshman / Lynn Goldstein / D’Arcy Dean / Stephen Kohashi / Forrest MacCormack /  Bikki Stricker / Betsy Preston / Kathryn Long / Marsali Hancock / Sidney Underwood / Nancy Buchholz / Kevin Pace / Michael Rhode / Helene Vonnegut / Egidio Sabbadini / Danielle Carbonneau / Cheryl Smart / Sophie Giana / Orit Friedland / Mark Weaver / Andrew McLeod / Jeff Morrell / Alain Lewis / William Schran / Sharon Rose Hayward / Steve Conley

Upcoming concert at the Masonic Temple in Alexandria
Upcoming concert at the Masonic Temple in Alexandria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first work  created, was for Lux Aeterna.

I am learning so much during this project and am enjoying all the planing and physical work involved. Like any medium, there is a fairly big learning curve, however it’s worth all the hard work. This challenge has honed in my design ideas and made me really think through every line and it’s purpose within the design.

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Progress for Lux Aeterna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glass has such a beauty to it and it’s textures are just as important as their colorings.

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I’m working  with a wonderful metal artist (Tex Forrest) who is custom creating my steel stands.  He’s an artist in his own right and just wonderful to work with.

Tex is racing off to start work on the first steel stand!
Tex is racing off to start work on the first steel stand! Below is his finished work! It’s currently residing in my studio at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, while I continue with the other glass works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stained Glass representation of Lux Aeterna is in the stand!

Lux  Aeterna is in the stand!!! Looking forward to this moment with Stravinsky.

Despite not having ever worked in  stained glass, it seemed the only choice after  I was struck with the idea, while  hearing the Virginia Bronze bell ringing group.  Glass and bells, visually work well together and glass lends it’self to the sounds and environmen of clarity and soundings that glass can suggestt.  It seemed obvious that using a simple series of paintings on stage, behind the musician, would have been too stagnant and didn’t seem appropriate for any aspect of  the venue.

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Stravinsky in the making

Learning my way through this process has been a challenge, but I’m loving the medium,   The stained glass work representing Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite will be in three panels.  The middle panel represents the first part of the main phrasing motif  for the finale, the other lower panel illustrates the second half.  The top panel brings the two together and unifies the triptych.

The top panel for Stravinsky's Firebird Suite by Britt Conley
The top panel for Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite by Britt Conley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is an updated image of all three panels.  The view is upside down, but you can see how they work together.  I will be done with the last of the soldering of the frame and all parts on Saturday March 24th and then the glass is off to Tex, who will work his magic with the stand.  It’s a complex stand, but that is forte.  Meanwhile  I am working on the last two glass work as we speak!  More images will come soon! Please consider going to my kickstarter and helping fund all supplies and items needed for this project!

The upside down view of the Stravinsky: Firebird Suite Triptych by Britt Conley
The upside down view of the Stravinsky: Firebird Suite Triptych by Britt Conley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Stravinsky in it stand : )
Final Stravinsky in it stand : )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up… Debussy’s Sunken Cathedral.  I’ll be doing a seascape background.  Once soldered and in the stand, I’ll then be able to add the cathedral in copper.

Beggining of Debussy's Sunken Cathedral
Beggining of Debussy’s Sunken Cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The color choices may make more sense in the final overview : )

Debussy's Sunken Cathedral.
Debussy’s Sunken Cathedral.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s now soldered on both sides and getting a custom made stand : ) Can’t wait to see it in the stand!  In the mean time, it’s time to get to lighting!  That is the other part of this artistic endeavor…  I’m learning a lot, because lighting is difficult to find.  The kind that does what you want must be created and not bought.  So tonight I’m enjoying a glasss of wine, dinner and time with the lights out, while I learn more…

Oddly, learning how to do stained glass for the first time is not as hard as learning how to create lighting. Now this is a rather large learning curve.
Oddly, learning how to do stained glass for the first time is not as hard as learning how to create lighting. Now this is a rather large learning curve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Met with conductor today, at the Masonic Temple.  Loaded in the background lighting for the show.  Computer had a few glitches, and then… light! Finally get to imagine the four stained glass works, backlit by their light boxes and what the hall will look like.

Setting up my lighting in the hall! Had to pop in for a quick measuring session, make sure the background wi-fi was working and that see how the lighting effects would actually look!
Setting up my lighting in the hall! Had to pop in for a quick measuring session, make sure the background wi-fi was working and that see how the lighting effects would actually look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel better, seeing things working.

Putting up the lighting for the June 4th show.
Putting up the lighting for the June 4th show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently making a cup of tea and working on the last bits of Great Gate of Kiev!  Working in stained glass takes time… lots of time!

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This last one have been dropped off to the stand maker!!! It’s a bear.  It’s too big, (4 feet tall),  but I can deal with that after the concert : )  I’ve learned so much during this entire process and still learning as we speak.

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Hope to see you on June 4th!

Britt