Four-in-Art Quarterly Challenge: Stained Glass Shadows

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Shadow owes its life to light.
~an old saying

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I am to provide the theme for our next quarterly challenge, and I choose Stained Glass Shadows.  I love the saturated lights left on floors, walls, and benches in cathedrals by brilliantly lit stained glass windows and I wanted to make that my challenge.stainedglassshadow_3

Sometimes the colors play with what’s already there: think of the duality of jewel tones spilling ephemerally onto hard marble surfaces.
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I like how sometimes they look like they’ve been through the Holi Festival of Colors, as if the surfaces had been doused in brightly colored chalks and powdery hues.stainedglassshadow_5 stainedglassshadow_6 Think of transparency and playing with color blending.  Many edges on stained glass shadows are soft, blurring into the other colors.stainedglassshadow_7

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All photos were taken by my husband or I, in the National Cathedral, in Washington, D.C.

While the opposite of light is dark, in shadows, the darkness is doubled down, softened, the shapes revealing as well as obscuring.  A whole new conversation can happen with shadows.

Reveal date is August 1, 2017.