"From Our Garden" 8x10" Oil on Canvasboard
Had fun painting this today, not least of all because it's fresh produce from our very own garden which we've been working on for over 6 months now. I was also thinking that for the next online workshop we'll include some glass object in the still life painting to really put our observation skills to the test. I have only painted a few glass objects till now so I was trying to analyse this one carefully to gleen some small painting wisdom to pass on. The hardest thing to do here was, as always, to just paint what I saw. More importantly, close one eye and squint, or go slightly blurry eyed, and try to paint what I see like that.
More than that, you need to trust your eyes rather than your brain, and judge colours and shapes not from what you know, but from what is there right in front of you. The moment the brain pipes up and says 'hey I know how to paint this - no need to look!' you need to show it who's boss by ignoring it completely and painting with your eyes. Compare compare compare. Get the big easy shapes and the bold easy colours right first and then compare everything to those, and compare each to its neighbor. If it goes wrong, scrape it off and do it again until it's less wrong (or until you can't be bothered any more).
That's the secret to painting glass and to painting everything.
I must remember that. :-)
I'll try to be a bit more glass-specific in the next workshop when we tackle that - this was just a practice.
Have you got any tips on painting glass you'd like to share in the comments below?
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