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Custom art pieces with the Verre Eglomise technique are welcomed. If you can imagine and describe it, I'll gild, paint and etch it!
"Many wonderful looks in one single piece" PK
"Exquisite details" CB
"Squealed with Delight" JDW
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What is Verre Eglomise?
Verre Eglomise is the exacting art of reverse painting and gilding on glass. The technique dates to Roman times. Fragments of painted glass have been discovered in Roman ruins. The name was attached in the early 1760's to honor Jean Baptiste Glomy, a French art dealer and decorator. To create Verre Eglomise, the artist begins with a specially cleaned, clear piece of glass. A detailed drawing is attached to the front of the glass. Painting then begins on the reverse side. The artist paints viewing the finished brush strokes by turning the piece over and lifting the drawing. Layers of painting are required to complete a piece. When all painting and toning layers are finished, gold leaf is applied, using special varnish and tools to maneuver the delicate leaf. After extensive cleaning, a backing layer of paint is added to protect the gold leaf. The piece is then framed and enjoyed!
What is gold leaf?
Gold leaf is genuine gold that has been beaten to an extremely thin layer. Beating was done by sturdy folks with mallets since Egyptian times. Today, machines do the work of creating most gold leaf. Gold leaf comes in many carats and shades. Different shades are produced by adding small amounts of copper, silver, nickel and other metals. Additions of metals produce the lovely red gold, lemon gold and moon gold. Gold leaf is packaged in “books” of 25 sheets of gold. The gossamer leaf is transfered from book to art with special soft brushes and prayer. Think about moving the thinnest sheet of tissue without using your fingers. Remember that it will depart your brush at the slightest breath or breeze in the studio. It will decide to land where it want to land, foiling the best efforts of the artist to command it. Welcome to applying gold leaf! May patience be with you!
What kind of glass do you use to create your paintings?
My main glass is a low iron glass. Low iron glass is very clear, allowing me to control the colors to a high degree. If you put a piece of regular window glass next to a piece of low iron glass, you’ll notice that window glass has a green cast. That can be used to good effect in certain paintings, but I prefer to have a clear canvas for most of my work. I have a series of paintings that are done on antique glass; those have the familiar green tint, which I’m happy to work into the overall scheme of the piece. I also have a series of paintings done on the amazing Bulls Eye glass. Bulls Eye glass comes from an artisan manufacturer in Portland, Oregon. It has a special texture that creates a completely different feel to the finished piece.
What kind of brushes to you use for your paintings?
My favorites come from jolly ole England from the Rosemary Brush Company. I despaired of painting a consistent, very thin line until I discovered Rosemary Brushes. Their quality is truly the best. So is their customer service!
What kind of paint do you use?
I have two favorite paints: Blue Ridge Oil paints from Asheville, NC, and Michael Harding oil paints from England. Oil allows me to create nearly transparent layers of paint to achieve the look that I want for the finished piece. You do have to be very patient to wait for it to dry…….
Where can I see your work in person?
My studio is open by appointment. The largest collection resides there. I am represented by Fine Lines Gallery in Newnan, GA as well.
Do you do custom work? Commissions?
Of course! If you can dream it, I’ll gild, paint and etch it!
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