Working with Your Reference Photos
You Wanna Put My Art... Where?
A Harmonic Connection of Body and Soul
Change Over Time
Richard M. Powers, February 24, 1921 – March 9, 1996
Shine Above, Glow BeneathShine Above, Glow Beneath
by Ruth Steinback
The concept behind this ties into an idea discovered while touring ships and museums in the Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) area on vacation with my dad this past summer. The older wooden ships would sometimes have glass 'crystals' set into the deck as sources of light. The flat top sat smoothly into the deck, so it was water tight and not a tripping hazard, but caught the light and sent it through the facets of the lower side and into the cabins below. When natural light was available I expect that it was a much safer way to light the dark and often cramped cabin spaces than with open flames. We didn't see any in action, but we did see the glass crystals themselves in display cases. I thought they were really cool! I wanted to try doing the classic "fantasy cave lit by magic crystals" scenario but instead use the same natural principles the ship's crafters relied on. It was certainly a complex challenge!
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