March 11, 2014 – “Two Bottles, Two Jars”, 7″ x 10″ matted and mounted to a standard size of 11″ x 14″

Two Bottles Two Jars - watercolor still life painting by Tony ConnerAnother glass composition.  Two green bottles and two clear jars.  This painting is a close up, relatively, compared to yesterday’s post. Only one of the objects is completely in the picture plane.

Even though the glass objects are the focus, I really liked the geometric pattern seen from this point of view. There are rectangles, triangles and, most importantly, three circles – see them?

The key to painting glass is in paying close attention to what you actually see through the glass versus what you think you will see or should see.  Even with transparent glass, the objects and colors seen through the glass will be changed or modified in some way. Round glass objects, like the jars in the painting, will bend shapes and modify the colors of things that they overlap.  Paying close attention to those bent shapes and the interesting changes in color.

The other challenge with clear glass is in revealing its’ form.  The sparkling highlights and dark areas of  reflection and refraction will show the edges and the internal shape. Seeing and carefully mapping them is the way to show a clear glass object.

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