When starting a stained glass piece, mostly the glass "talks" to me and lets me know what is going to happen. Yes I know that sounds a little wacka doodle but it is how I work. I have one piece of glass that I have not cut in 16 years, I have pulled it out for projects but it "tells" it is not the right time or project. I have pieces of glass from stained glass artists that have passed and they had them since the 1940's and 1960's- hard to part with theses pieces of glass making history.
I like to work from nature and from line design. I guess you could say I do not have a set style, it is all an experiement waiting to happen. I do like to look at others' work, to see what their story is. My story? I am all over the road! I have a secret, I use the colors in birds and woodlands a lot in my work.
Each new stained glass class coming in has the hardest time picking the glass. There are so many choices and you can see the angst they go through. Until they start cutting the glass they can change their mind, afterwards they stick with their choices.
I am the same way, I pick more glass then I need and then sit with it and look to see if they will be good neighbors and it meets the design correctly.