Friday, December 12, 2014

Madonna and Child Window

madonna and child stained glass window by Marion Grisa
Madonna and Child stained glass window by Marion Grisa

One of the fantastic aspects of the internet for me is viewing many beautiful artworks, famous and not, that I would otherwise never be able to see.  A given concept, for example, "Madonna and Child", can be executed in thousands of ways.  An artist chooses the style, the lines, the colors and textures, the composition, the details, embellishments or simplifications, and the medium the work is created in - paint, sculpture, glass, fabric, etc.  These decisions are part of the joys of being an artist. 


madonna and child stained glass window by Marion Grisa
Madonna and Child stained glass window detail

My mother-in-law Marion Grisa created this glowing yet extremely simplified Madonna and Child stained glass window in the early 1980's.  The spare and simple lines she chose were part of her style at that time.  I am sure she carefully considered every line and placement, and I know she enjoyed picking out the textured glasses and colors, tiny trapped bubbles and all.

stained glass by Marion Grisa
Glass Detail
The resulting window she created is a cherished family heirloom that I display in my house every Christmas.  The window's dimensions are about 16 inches by 21.5 inches, and the glowing colors remind me of the reason for the season.

stained glass by Marion Grisa
Glass Detail

Marion Grisa (1925-1986) was a talented artist in many mediums, including stained glass.  She designed and made the stained glass windows for an entire  church, Heritage Presbyterian Church, in Muskego, Wisconsin.  She also created smaller windows, including this Madonna "Mother and Child" windowAnother of Marion's windows, an Angel, is shown here.

Searching "Madonna and child stained glass" on Google.com and clicking images is a fun search, as well as "Madonna and child"

Click on the images to see them enlarged.

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Color in Colorado: Frugal Find 59 (Entry 42 of 43.)
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Uncommon designs: Monday Funday (Entry 19 of 388.)
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Boogie Board: Masterpiece Mon 206 (Entry 6 of 65.)
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Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Monday 38 (Entry 6 of 321.)
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Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 200 (Entry 8 of 98.)
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 39 of 270.)
Redoux Interiors: Handmade Hangout 28 (Entry 199 of 314.)
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Delightsome Life: Home and Garden Thurs (Entry 52 of 149.)
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Finally Finished Quilt

Today I am sharing a completed quilted wall hanging that I started in the 90's.  One that I actually finished this year - top piecing, quilting, and binding, all done!
Circle star foundation pieced quilt by Jeanne Selep
Foundation pieced circle quilt

Finishing a quilt is kind of a rare thing for me. 

I started the quilt top over 16 years ago, before at least two of my now high school aged children were born.  The quilt top was foundation pieced, based on a pattern from a foundation piecing workshop I took at a quilt show in Minnesota, but with a modified center.  I have no clue who the teacher was anymore.  (I took the workshop last century, ha ha...)   

foundation pieced quilt by Jeanne Selep
Detail of foundation pieced star quilt
I finished the top before the turn of the century, and it sat until last year when I quilted the top using a long arm quilting machine that I rented.  Then it sat until this year, when I actually put binding on it.  It now hangs in the family room above the PC. (Haha - I also completed that difficult step - hanging it!) 

Quilt foundation pieced by Jeanne Selep
Detail of fabrics and quilting on my foundation pieced star quilt
Although fabrics change over time, I feel the quilt doesn't look dated. (I realize that perhaps it doesn't look current, either...) But batiks are still popular, as well as star fabric, so maybe that helps. I also didn't use a "trendy" color scheme. I mixed batiks and non-batik fabric, pretty sophisticated for me.

I learned that binding a circle is a skill I don't quite have yet, so ignore the less then perfect edge shape.  


Recently I have been sharing a Kaleidoscope technique with photography that I have been playing with - with this quilt you can see I have been fascinated with Kaleidoscope like patterns for decades. 

Enjoy the upcoming Holiday season!  I hope that I can inspire you to finish an old project you may have from a long time ago...  even if the project might have to wait one year more until after the Holidays are over.  Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!


Click on the images to see them enlarged. 

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Connie at Freemotion: Linky Tuesday (Entry 54 of 62.)
Quilt story: Fabric Tuesday (Entry 42 of 53.)
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Colorful life: Really random Thur (Entry 7 of 7.)
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Richard/Tanya quilts: Link a Finish Friday 145 (Entry 5 of 23.)
 

Mollisparkles: Sunday Stash-102 (Entry 10 of 10.)
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Silver pennies: Silver Pennies Sun 97 (Entry 71 of 75.)
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* Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues (Entry 75 of 163.)
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Creating Kaleidoscopes Part 4

Kaleidoscope desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope S1: Free desktop background

God is the ultimate creator, and God gifted humans with the ability to create.  So for me, creating is an exhilarating experience - when I create I feel closer to God.
 
Kaleidoscope free desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope S2: Free desktop background
Creating allows me time to think about God's gifts - nature around us, and the ability to create that he gave to us humans.  Both gifts give me much joy.

Kaleidoscope desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope S3: Free desktop background

Creating this set of kaleidoscopes was particularly rewarding because I finally like the resulting images almost more then the initial photo.

Kaleidoscope desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope S4: Free desktop background
It's the fall season, a season associated with spooky and dark images, but I could title these kaleidoscopes "The Opposite of Goth".  The results have happy, bright colors.
('Goth' referring to those people who like to wear black with black fingernail polish, etc.)

Kaleidoscope photo art by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope S5: Fall foliage with altered colors
The photo source for these kaleidoscopes was a photo of fall foliage.


Wisconsin Fall Foliage by Jeanne Selep
Wisconsin fall foliage, October 2013
The fall foliage can be in crisp focus and yet the individual leaves start to blend into each other...


Fall foliage free desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Fall foliage: Free desktop background

... acting like dabs of paints that become an impressionistic (or pointillism?) fantasy in the kaleidoscopes.

Kaleidoscope desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope S6: Fall foliage with altered colors
In the kaleidoscope images it is a struggle to find the leaves from the source image.

Kaleidoscope free desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope S7: Fall foliage
Even the colors from the source image change as they become isolated in different patterns.

Kaleidoscope  free desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope S8: Fall foliage

I'm hoping you enjoy this latest batch of inspired creations.  I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have the time.


Click on the images to see them enlarged. (Yes, you can see these images even larger!)  The best way to see the images in their largest format is to (on a windows system) right click on the image and select "open in new tab" from the option box that opens. This bypasses software that limits the size of the image opened.  On the newly opened image, click on the image again to see it  zoomed maximum.

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Creative Princess: Party 179 (Entry 1 of 113.)
Katherine: Thurs Favorite Things 160 (Entry 70 of 380.)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 121 (Entry 29 of 139.)
A Delight: Home and Garden Thur (Entry 6 of 169.)
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Boogie Board: Masterpiece Mon 195 (Entry 10 of 108.)
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Uncommon Design: Monday Funday (Entry 105 of 524.) 
Mod Vintage: Mod Mix Mon 171 (Entry 8 of 78.) 
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Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues 232 (Entry 61 of 181.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 238 (Entry 129 of 309.)
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Monday  (Entry 123 of 259.) 
Its Overflowing: Count your Blessings (Entry 107 of 112.)
Cedarhill Ranch: The Scoop 140 (Entry 168 of 335.)
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kaleidoscopes Part 3 - Fall Colors

fall sumac shrubs by Jeanne Selep
Maple Leaf on Black Kaleidoscope
I have been sharing kaleidoscopes made with my photos, today and in my last two posts.  The image above uses leaf scans from previous years arranged to create one of my favorite kaleidoscopes to date.
  
fall foliage by Jeanne Selep
Autumn Berries Fall Foliage, Oct 2013
The next several kaleidoscopes use my autumn berry photo (above) as the source.
Kaleidoscope Photo Art fall by Jeanne Selep
Autumn Berries 1 Kaleidoscope Art
As I play and experiment, several thoughts occur to me.
free background kaleidoscope
Autumn Berries 2 - Free desktop background Kaleidoscope
These results are fun but not as beautiful as God's original creation.  Sometimes the kaleidoscopes results are even creepy.  (I'm not sharing the creepy ones).
Kaleidoscope Photo Art fall by Jeanne Selep
Autumn Berries 3 Kaleidoscope
Portions of the kaleidoscopes take on insect like qualities.  Maybe that is how God came up with insects - symmetry play.
Kaleidoscope Photo Art fall foliage by Jeanne Selep
Autumn Berries 4 Kaleidoscope
The centers of the kaleidoscopes almost never resemble anything from the original image.

autumn fall foliage free desktop background
Maple Fall Foliage - Free desktop background
I used the maple tree photo (above) to create the next two images.
Kaleidoscope Photo Art fall by Jeanne Selep
Red Maple Tree 1 Kaleidoscope Art
Where did that amoeba-like center appear from?
free background kaleidoscope
Red Maple Tree 2 - Free desktop background Kaleidoscope

This yellow tree was used for the next three kaleidoscopes.
autumn fall foliage by Jeanne Selep
Fall Foliage - Yellow Tree and branches
The gnarled branches of the tree creates interesting shapes and line art in the kaleidoscope.
Kaleidoscope Photo Art fall by Jeanne Selep
Yellow Tree 1 Kaleidoscope
The swirling pattern below looks more striking when magnified.
(Yes, you can see these images even larger!  The best way to see the images in their largest format is to (on a windows system) right click on the image and select "open in new tab" from the option box that opens. This bypasses software that limits the size of the image opened.  On the newly opened image, click on the image again to see it  zoomed maximum).
Kaleidoscope Photo Art fall foliage by Jeanne Selep
Yellow Tree 2 Kaleidoscope
I included this one to show how slight differences can really change the look of the kaleidoscope.
autumn fall foliage by Jeanne Selep
Yellow Tree 3 Kaleidoscope

Finally, I wanted to show you with the first image shown with a white background instead of a black background.  I'd love to hear which images are your favorites - my favorites might just be the original photographs...  Either way, enjoy the photos and enjoy your own personal autumn!
autumn fall foliage by Jeanne Selep
Maple Leaf on White Kaleidoscope
Click on the images to see them enlarged.(Yes, you can see these images even larger!  The best way to see the images in their largest format is to (on a windows system) right click on the image and select "open in new tab" from the option box that opens. This bypasses software that limits the size of the image opened.  On the newly opened image, click on the image again to see it  zoomed maximum).

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Gotta Create: Wildly Original 124 (Entry 32 of 166.)
Creative Princess: Party 178 (Entry 1 of 96.)
ABC Wednesday: L for ABC Wednesday (Entry 55 of 70.)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 120 (Entry 1 of 130.)
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Chic: Flaunt it Friday 225 (Entry 11 of 180.)
Natasha in Oz: Say G'day Sat 107 (Entry 182 of 372.)
Boogie Board: Masterpiece Mon 199 (Entry 25 of 75)
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Uncommon Design: Monday Funday (Entry 199 of 695.)
Mod Vintage: Mod Mix Mon 170 (Entry 24 of 65)
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* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tue 237 (Entry 278)
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Mon 28  (Entry 254) 
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Cedarhill Ranch: The Scoop 139 (Entry 337)
Knick of Time: Vintage Inspiration 157 (Entry 100) 
Katherine: Thurs Favorite Things 91 (Entry )
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