Painting glass bottles in oils

February 9, 2013

Marvellous and inspiring painting and so much harder than you’d think when you have a go (see my botched attempts in next post). I can hear the bottles clinking against each other and the artist’s commentary is very interesting.

Art Calling

This one has been going so slowly, I thought I’d post a photo of it in progress. It is slightly lens distorted as you can see by the left hand bottle leaning toward the outside. What I’m happy about in this one is that the raw energy of the under-painting still comes through. You can see it in a previous post.

When I saw this on screen, I ran right up to the studio and wiped off the white highlights on the two dark green bottles. Because,what I’ve been liking about this painting is how it portrays glass without having to resort to the cliché of white highlights, (which can make anything look like glass, actually). The bottle on the far right, though,  has no colour of its own and the white there has a structural justification.

One thing I’ve learned through studying originals of great painters is that there…

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