Sunday, December 29, 2019

Potions

SOLD

I found these bottles on sale at one of those big box craft stores, they were on sale for 50% off.

I suppose I could get glass bottles for free if I was willing to rummage through the neighborhood recycling bins, but that's not my forte : ) Besides, these bottles have a wavy appearance to simulate the look of antique bottles. They also have corks instead of the modern screw on caps which adds to the vintage look.



Glass objects are fun to paint, I enjoy creating the illusion of transparent and reflective objects. They can be a challenge though because the drawing has to be more precise. For example, both sides of the bottle are a mirror image of each other and this can be tricky to draw.

The effect of the wavy glass was multiplied when I placed the bottles in front of each other. You can see this effect in the bottle at the left. The straight edge of the bottle behind it is wildly distorted.

I wasn't going to paint the tiny bubble in the blue water but I tried adding it in. I could have painted it out but I decided to keep it because it's a nice touch.
"Potions"
8"x10"
Acrylic on canvas board
Chris Breier © 2019
The color liquid is just water with food coloring. It was fun mixing up different "potions." That's the fun of still life painting, you get to invent little scenarios.

I may do another painting of bottles in the future, but I think I would take try a different approach to see what else I can come up with. 


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