Stained Glass Portraiture

princeHerman has more projects in the werks than he has time or money. He gets to and finishes most of his plans eventually. One project, nearly completed has been in progress for ten years. Routinely his projects last several months. Twelve hour days six days a week for several months produces the stained glass panels. Copper and glass projects will last a month or two. Paintings get a day here or a night there over the course of years. Materials are not inexpensive, but in comparison to the investment of time in labor materials cost is negligible. Size and complexity have dramatic and unexpected consequences on time and materials.

princeHerman doesn’t really want to sell his artwork. His prefers to sell commissions. He wants to make things and and his favorite idea would be to make gifts and not sell anything, but we live in the world and the royal coffers are bare. Art making is compulsive, he would rather spend money on materials over food. Many projects await for funds. Funds for materials and time.

princeHerman wants to create a portraits in stained glass. He has prepared patterns for three portraits: a self portrait, a portrait of the consort Llama, and a portrait of a friend. Another portrait he would like to complete represents another artist, not to be mentioned, who is famous for his portraiture. Having completed a dozen explicit pieces the challenge of a portrait is only a half step more difficult. The amount of time challenges the goal of completing a portrait. The explicit pieces completed generally take a few months each so portraiture may take as much as a year of intense labor. How to pay living expenses when the time investment is so great. The portrait must be a commission. As a commission, the patron will of course select the sitter.

Portraits in stained glass are a novelty. A few artists do them, but very few. Another key aspect, true of all portraiture, or art in general, depends on the style of the artist. princeHerman is excited to see what will happen combining his style of glass work with his style of portrait. Stay Tuned …

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