Saturday, January 29, 2011

Eggs, Linen & Glass: The Wash

Well, most of it is 'washed', however I couldn't really 'wash' the cut glass. All those facets--well, each one is its own peculiar shade of gray and umber. At least you can gather the color scheme.

This will be more of a study in texture rather than color, and an exploration of backlight and reflection. It will be tricky going--I may even need to don the magnifying goggles, but I shall prevail!


  1. I am interested in how you are going to approach the glass. I stared and studied and tried to figure out what I would do to make the glass look like glass. This emphasizes the difference between an artist and non-artist. You look at glass and see something different than I do...changes in reflection, hints of shadow perhaps, how texture can become color.

    In other words, I am clueless and I'm really intrigued with what you are going to do. Are you looking at a cut glass sample as you paint, or does your memory and talent simply tell you where to go?

    I'm appreciate this.

  2. Actually, Jerry, you are not clueless at all!

    When I paint glass, there are a few factors that come into play.
    First, when I look at glass, perhaps I do see it differently than most people do. I pay attention to the distortion of images behind it, and the way light refracts and magnifies colors and dimensions.

    Second, I have a photograph to work from. I would do a very poor job of it if I had to rely on my memory or 'talent' alone. Just the same, even simply looking at a photograph and reproducing what I saw would be all the more difficult if I didn't understand what I was looking at.

    That said, plain glass is pretty straight forward. Faceted glass is enough to make me wonky, but it's such a cool effect that I simply can't help myself...

    ...and I appreciate your comments, Jerry. Sometimes they make the difference between whether I pick up the paint brush or I find an excuse to put it off...:)


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