The current stained glass window I am building is for a client whose family has lived and farmed in New Jersey since the 1700's. When I first began sketching the design, my client told me she wanted to capture a few special places on the family farm as the focus of the window. I visited on a lovely spring day, took pictures, and set to work sketching this pastoral landscape. She was especially interested in including the boathouse on the lake and I fell in love with some images she showed me of an old bridge that was built with tree trunks and limbs. I revised the sketches a few times and, each time, I envisioned the lovely deep greens of the trees, clear blue of the lake, the weathered gray-brown of the bridge-- until she told me she wanted the piece to be created with clear glass. My first thought was: how could I depict what I was seeing without color? This photo shows what I settled on-- the texture of the glass would help tell the story. The rough bark on tree, the softly rippling water on the lake, the wood grain of siding of the boathouse are all depicted with different textures of clear glass. I would probably never have thought to do a window like this in clear glass but I am really enjoying the way it is coming together. I'll post more photos of it shortly-- hopefully one of it installed in her lovely home. Stay tuned!