"Ghost Riders in the Sky"
has always been one of my favorite folk songs. When my son was a young,
I used to sing to him every night at bedtime, and this song was one
that I sung so often that he eventually asked me to delete it from my
repertoire. I did so, but I had, by then, memorized all of the words,
which prompted me to sing it (a cappella, I might add) on a tour bus in
China when our tour group was so bored with a long ride that we started
singing songs we knew.
Anyway, that has little to do with why I made this ghost riders stained
glass artwork in the winter of 2012...
One of the most
difficult aspects of being a stained glass artist is coming up with
ideas to make in stained glass. One night I was driving in my car
wondering what would be a good subject for a stained glass artwork when
my iPod started playing this song. Bingo! It struck me that this might
make a great subject for stained glass. I sketched out an initial
design idea as soon as I got to where I was going, and continued
the design the next day, wanting to get at least some of it figured
out before the inspiration left me. The final result is the wonderful
piece of cowboy stained glass you see above.
decided to try a steel frame for this artwork, something I had not done
previously. I commissioned a local welding shop to
fabricate a frame out of 3/4" angle iron. It looks black in the
but actually has a brushed aluminum look at this point. It could be
this way or patina-ed or painted or powder coated, whatever the lucky
lover of cowboy art who buys this artwork would like.
The photo to the right shows this artwork hanging in my living room
window. I use braided picture wire to have my work rather than chain. I
do this because I want it to grab as little of the viewer's attention
as possible. You can see that the hanging wires are totally unseen in
Other examples of western themed art would be possible in stained
glass. Other price ranges as well.
The size is 40 by 27 inches. This cowboy stained glass is copper-foiled
(the very intricate shapes of glass required that it be so) and the
leadlines are all darkened with a black patina. The colors of the glass
look fairly accurate here, except for the top cloud piece, which looks
too white, and the grasslands, which are not quite as green looking as
they truly are.
The price of this western themed stained glass is $4400.00. Write to me
if you are interested in purchasing it and want to see additional
photos of the frame or the artwork. I will include finishing the frame
with patina or paint or powder coating in the stated price, and if you
catch me on a good day, I might even throw in fully insured shipping,
which is usually extra.
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