Saturday, February 22, 2020

Bottle With Wood Blocks

What I liked about this image is how the glass bottle almost disappears into the background. It’s the highlights and the dark reflections that defines the shape of the bottle.



That's the challenge of painting glass objects, it's like painting something that's invisible. It's totally transparent so I'm really just painting whatever is behind it.

It's the distortions that makes it look like glass. For example, the back edge of the table is highly distorted.

Another aspect of painting glass is capturing the subtle reflections and shadows. It's the small white highlights that make the glass look like it's shiny.

The colors in this painting are almost the same as last weeks painting of a crystal ball and wood blocks. It’s really the same concept: wood blocks with a glass object.

My favorite part is the cork in the top of the bottle. It’s a small detail but it adds a subtle warm color to the painting. The cork was fairly simple to paint too. It’s basically two shades of brown painted in a simple pattern.
Bottle with wood blocks
8”x10”
Acrylic on canvas board
Chris Breier © 2020
As I said before, I prefer old glass bottles over the modern plastic bottles that line the supermarket shelves.

Next week, I think I'm going to paint an image with more color and contrast. I really enjoy painting these subtle grays but it helps to have variety to keep things interesting.

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