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Carl Trimble wrote at 2011-08-17 20:11:21
You missed the point of the paint store color swatches. These are an inexpensive way of looking at color within the context of your dining room. No, they are not directly analogous to the transmitted light of the stained glass, but they do approximate and suggest what could be expected from the stained glass. Colors that work with your dining room wall or other accessories, can be found within the range of stained glass colors and; therefore, give you an idea of what to use in the design.

Carl Trimble wrote at 2013-02-05 23:19:34
The suggestion to use paint samples was simply for the purpose of determining color relationships. By putting samples beside one another, it is possible to get an understanding of how well different colors relate to one another. Is there a pleasant combination or is there a conflict between the colors?Do they work together or fight one another and create an uncomfortable visual tension?

This has nothing to do with paint on a wall; simply a study in the color relationships. There are times in a design when you might want to create the tension of so-called incompatable colors. It is akin to writing music with discordant sounds to create an unsettling mood. Get to know your color relationships by using the paint chips and you will save a lot of  money and increase your skill as a glass artist.

Carl Trimble wrote at 2016-05-08 15:05:38
The reference to the paint samples is simply to give a basis for color combinations and compatibility. It is a simple matter of transferring those relationships to the colors of glass. It is a very inexpensive way of gathering a basis for and understanding of colors and their relationships.

No, the samples do not give the same result as working with samples of glass, but the relationships remain constant.

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Over forty years experience in a wide range of techniques that include "stained glass", wood working and metal fabrication. Have worked from my own full service studio since 1977. Many major residential, commercial and religious installations from Charlottesville, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia to San Diego California as well as much of the State of Texas

Professional Affiliate,Certified Trainer, and Preferred Provider for the American Institute of Architects, AIA, Dallas, Texas. I have served on the Board of Directors of both the Texas Fine Arts Association and the Texas Visual Arts Association

Bachelor of Fine Arts, The University of Texas, Tyler. Master of Fine Arts, The University of North Texas, Denton. Just a few hours short of a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Awards and Honors
Many first place and best of show awards in both stained glass and fine arts competitions. Steady commission work for the past ten years has obviated any recent competitive activity.

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Most recent major commissions are for American Airlines CR Smith Museum; JFK Airport Terminal 8 stained glass; TXU Energy Plaza Thor stained glass. The Mansion at Turtle Creek, Dallas and and St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Terrell, Texas

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