Now, to study from life
, find some clear glass - a couple of glasses or wineglass and bottle – and set them against a b/g of coloured paper (or other coloured object – use a lamp so you can control the lighting from one angle/source.
(A good idea is to set up a box in which you can control colour and group, make a hole in one side and direct a lamp through that, this way you can make the lighting constant).
Now study all the different colours in the objects –
How do you see the object?
How does the front object distort what you see of the back one?
What makes you see a rim to the glass?
How much of it can you see?
What colour is the shadow? What colours do you see in the stem or the base?
Change the b/g colour and go through the exercise again.
Now look at this illustration of a dolphin …….
Or is it? ……
maybe a slightly larger version …
Or maybe an even bigger one…?
…. Of course, it’s a perfectly ordinary water jug! (by TeAnne, RIL)
But isn’t it amazing how shapes can be broken down so areas of tone can be seen easily and how a seemingly ordinary object can be so dramatic – because of tone?
In these images, look at the distortion created by the curvature of glass.
What colours make up the vase?
How does glass cast a shadow?
Note how the light passes through glass and hits the side furthest away, creating highlights there also.
Check distortion in this image -
Now look at this image of coloured floats
. (Cyntada, RIL)
Zoom into the dark float on the left and try to identify the different colours – what kind of tone value is each one? Look at the shapes of those colours – where do they come from? What distortion makes them? Try to identify the shadow colours in this crop from the Floats image.
Now to put that into practice!
Glass Images, RIL
Choose any from those in the RIL (or any of the above illustrations) and make a smallish painting – rough, loose – the idea is to make you look at the S/C/T and interpret it on the paper/canvas.
To avoid getting too bogged down in detail, try limiting yourself in time – and do the very basic amount of drawing needed (or none if you can manage it!) These are merely exercises, explorations, not intended as ‘finished’ paintings
Concentrate on shape, consider its colour/tone, paint that shape.
Look at an adjoining shape and follow the same routine – and so on.
– if you are making a very basic, symmetrical shape, draw a central vertical, draw one side of the shape, trace it, reverse it and fit the shape down the vertical to complete the shape.
OR, make a template of the first side by cutting from scrap paper, reverse it, draw round it to complete the whole shape ……… and that’s all you need to start!
How some other painters have tackled the subject
One of our greatest painters of Still Life was Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin
in France during the 18C.
Glass carafe and silver goblet-
... and another of his -
His observation was very acute and he often painted the same subject many times over. His work was in great contrast to the prevailing style of the time – Rococo –frilly and fanciful! (See the works of Boucher and Fragonard …. Google is so helpful!!).
Some present day painters
– thanks to the Internet it’s much easier to see a huge range of individuals’ works and virtually visit their galleries!
Look at :
- scroll down for some glass work!
Sharon Douglas (also a WC member!)
Nitsa's demo of pepperpot.
(Nitsa (Anita) was a guide here in Acrylics a few years ago - you may find her demo thread helpful).
- there are some still life paintings with glass objects.