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Orange Stained Glass Star by Staci Klemmer. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

An Orange Star on a Wall of Lights: Glad Tidings

Orange Stained Glass Star by Staci Klemmer. Photo by Wayne Stratz.
Orange Stained Glass Star by Staci Klemmer. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

A surprise gift for me from Staci Klemmer, client and friend ~ a stained glass star, in orange of course! I hung it from the Wall of Lights, which keep me infused with color during the long winter months.

Staci used to live around the corner from us, and we discovered she is a colleague in stained glass with Stratoz. They worked together to create a cross for their church.  Stratoz designed it, and Staci made it so.

Cross for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Lansdale. Designed by Wayne Stratz and Realized by Staci Klemmer.
Cross for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Lansdale. Designed by Wayne Stratz and Realized by Staci Klemmer.

Commission your cross.

Stratoz doodling to Benny Green with gray and green Prismacolors.

G is for Gray Tones: A to Z Challenge 2014

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Stratoz doodling to Benny Green with gray and green Prismacolors.
Stratoz doodling to Benny Green with gray and green Prismacolors.

When I met Stratoz, he said his favorite color was gray.  He still digs it.  He’s also doing an A to Z challenge, doodling his way through the alphabet with jazz on the stereo.  Since it’s Orange Tuesday, I also include this photo of a gray pendant I created with a dash of orange.

Gray Pendant with a Flash of Orange by Margaret Almon.
Gray Pendant with a Flash of Orange by Margaret Almon.

Pendant Joy at Nutmeg Designs Etsy Shop

Marigold Mandala by Margaret Almon.

Diwali: Glowing Orange Light in the Darkness

Diwali via Sarch on Flickr
Diwali via Sarch on Flickr

The folks at Painted Paisley were sharing some of their beautiful suits for Diwali, and I wanted to know more about this celebration.  As I discovered, Diwali is a festival of lights celebrated in India and in other countries by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains.  Diwali is the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

Rangoli via Chirag Gupta on Flickr
Rangoli via Chirag Gupta on Flickr

Rangoli are part of the celebration, and the Sanskrit word means a creative expression in art using color. Women often create them on the floor, or  at the doorway to welcome guests and the Goddess Lakshmi. Rangoli remind me of mandalas, and the vibrant color resonates with what inspires me in art.

 

Rangoli in Thick Salt via Sameer Naik
Rangoli in Thick Salt via Sameer Naik on Flickr

Diyas, clay oil lamps, are lit as an expression of this triumph of light over darkness at Diwali.

Stained Glass Night Light by Wayne Stratz.
Stained Glass Night Light by Wayne Stratz.

The lamps made me think of Stratoz’s stained glass night light.

Marigold Mandala by Margaret Almon.
Marigold Mandala by Margaret Almon.

The color orange is woven throughout Diwali, from glowing orange lights, to rangoli composed of marigolds, to Diwali sweets like carrot halwa and jalebi, to deep orange sarees.

 

Caduceus Suncatcher: Symbol of Medical Staff

Stratoz was commissioned to make a caduceus suncatcher in purple, and he decided to make another one for his Stratozpheres Etsy Shop. A friend pointed out the dragonfly quality. Not surprisingly, I love the orange wings.

When I worked as a medical librarian, my predecessor had left behind a cast iron caduceus bookend, which had broken in two. I wonder what happened. A caduceus is the symbol of the US Army Medical Corps, and originally the wand carried by Hermes or Mercury, and often used for the medical profession in general.

There is another symbol, with no wings and just one snake, the staff of Asculapius, a symbol of the god of medicine, and adopted by the American Medical Association. Though I had occasion to see tht symbol most days at the medical library, I had not noticed the difference. The word staff also denotes the professional personnel of a hospital.