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.
Looking for an R for the A to Z challenge, I discovered rutilant: glowing or glittering with red or golden light. This stained glass piece by Stratoz captures both red and golden. I love finding a new word that has relevance to the art around me.
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.
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 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.
Diyas, clay oil lamps, are lit as an expression of this triumph of light over darkness at Diwali.
The lamps made me think of Stratoz’s stained glass night light.
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.
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.
We celebrated our 21st Anniversary in June, 2013. Stratoz made this very orange doodle for the occasion. He gets my love of orange! When we met, I was 19 and he was 23, and he doodled on every letter he sent me, starting with ballpoint and felt tip pens in black, blue or red, and then discovering colored pencils, much to my delight.
When on vacation, my favorite souvenir is sheets of stained glass, and Stratoz and I found a bounty at Carolina Stained Glass. I wrote about the types of stained glass manufactured in the US, and one company I didn't include was Bullseye from Portland, OR, but right after I wrote the article, Stratoz and I found an awesome piece of orange Bullseye at Carolina Stained Glass, and Stratoz made this butterfly.
Stratoz has launched his own Etsy Shop with his stained glass creations: Stratozpheres. I love seeing his work all together. Go check it out and delight your eyes.