Saturday, January 15, 2011

The BIG Lamp Reveal

Here are the final results of the lampshade and the story I hope to portray.
As you saw in the last post the paint is fired onto the lamp from the inside. This means there is NOTHING painted on the outside of the lamp. You gaze at the image when the lamp is lit. Unlit it just appears as shadows. Lamps are incredibly hard to photograph...and then I went through a gazillion images until I decided on these.
The first image shows life on the trail for the homesteader pioneering west to their piece of land...indicated with a Homestead Ticket..which is shown in the next image.

Along the way many didn't make it...indicated with the memory of a grave marker. Other places on the lamp are snippets of journals, as many pioneers documented their journey.
The grass was tall in these times usually 6 ft!

If you look at the left portion of this image and the right portion of the next image you get a sense of the 4th side..."the sod family" which is being featured in a guest post with Anne Gaal. Until then I promised to show that side (in its entirety)



In the meantime here is side 3 the journey made with the wagon, that often was home a bit longer after they made their destination.

Life as a pioneer was extreme.
Extreme bouts of weather
Extreme losses
Extreme dangers

I live in relative comfort in SD and I can admit I would not have fared well as "pioneer stock"
I probably would have made it some how...but I would have complained a LOT!

6 comments:

V Bridges Hoyt said...

Beautiful lamp shade with a great story to go with.

Sarah said...

Amazing work Mary and an interesting post. I agree-I would have complained too! I admire those people-so resilient.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You have definitely outdone yourself with this beauty. The colors are great, and the images are stunning. The covered wagon is perfect, and the people really DID have hardships we will never have to endure. I know this is going to be a real stunner in Texas.

I seem to be living the life of a pioneer lately, and I've been complaining, too!

Christy said...

Each time you show one of these story paintings on glass I am just amazed by them, the detail and how beautiful they are. Just how big is big (or did I miss that already)? When will we see Anne's post? I follow her blog to so I am off to see if she has posted anything yet.

ABCcreativity said...

Soooooo beautiful!

mariapacewynters said...

WOW. WOW. WOW!