Tuesday, August 19, 2008

DIY Painting Glass

With all the glass paintings I did last week, Jeanette said: you didn't paint it all, but the eye/brain fill in the missing bits...Damn! I'm going to have to buy David Dewey's book ...sounds like he thinks the way I like to see...
So I thought I'd do a little review on painting glass. I painted this one back in David's class at Parsons in '96. A very old, much looked at copy of one of David's class demos of painting reflective surfaces...... and the notes from class on the "closure effect".
"Break it up so the eye fills it in automatically. Simplify! Color effects create the form on the patterns. You want to relate the reflective patterns to the overall 2D pattern! Use chromatic neutrals (grays made from mixing complimentary colors, NEVER black or gray paint)." A page from David's watercolor book, using a Wayne Thiebaud painting that demonstrates using compliments on glass... Thiebaud paints quite a bit of glass and I'm always on the lookout for my reference files...
Another Thiebaud... OK! So I do a little pencil thumbnail of my subject. Remember the lesson on thumbnails class? Early stage of the painting is mostly pale washes of warm and cool color...#171B Hydrangea in a water glass, sold, original watercolor,9" x 11"
Voila! The finish.
Oh I mustn't forget to show you the subject matter...ahem
Please bring in your samples tomorrow class.


A Brush with Color said...

Lovely little tutorial on glass-painting, Ms Gillott! I recognized that painting from David's book. I love that one!

Anonymous said...

I loved today's post, you make it look so easy! Thanks for the lesson! Now if I can just remember to simplify...simplify... simplify.

La Belette Rouge said...

I appreciate your transparency. So many artists will not share their technique. Very glassy of you, I mean classy.;-)

Lin said...

Carole!! This is fabulous!!!! I LOVE your notes and illustrations (and your work)!!! SUPER SUPER-- thanx!!!

Janice C. Cartier said...

Superb! I am playing in puddles today too. These are gorgeous notes. Absolutely scrumptious.

Reflections and glass are just as fascinating as luscious pastries. I fall into them and luxuriate. Look at those beautiful washes.

Those choices, the mysteries our mind can complete in our own chosen ways, are so much more generous and inviting. Says here, there's room for you too . Come on in and play.

Just beautiful Carol. Really.

Anonymous said...

Carol, Your passion and "beautiful works" bring immense sunshine to others. It's very inspiring :)

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Hi Carol,
Since my Mother in Law has
Painted for many years, I was
Thinking about getting her
David Deweys Book. She
Still gives classes and goes to
Art school. This summer she
Went to one for a week up in
Rhinlander, WI. Bless her heart,
She is 90 years old!!
Any way Is the book titled :
The Watercolor Book: Materials
And Techniques Copyright 2000?
You seem to like it and she would too, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

Wow..love today's post - especially the "class notes" page.

Sandy said...

What a fabulous lesson/demo - such lovely watery works - Thanks for sharing a bit of the 'genius behind the scenes!"

Parisbreakfasts said...

I did it for me too as a reminder of how to do it...I forget sometimes :)

Anonymous said...

hydrangeas are my favorite flowers... beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love it!
Very nice - feminine and romantic. I love the background colors you gave the watercolor.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Carol! I'm loving the blues!

Anonymous said...

Most wonderful demo! And damn, now I'm going straight to Amazon for that book...foolishly, feeling frugal, I only put it on my wish list. Tsk, tsk!
AND: you keep a reference file!!! Genius!!

Merisi said...

Fascinating lesson and paintings!

The color and lettering of the Thiebaud illustration for "The New Yorker" magazine's cover of September 2007 bear a striking resemblance to the packaging of the "Original Neapolitan Wafers," created by the Viennese Manner company in 1898, 110 years ago.

Di Overton said...

Oh you make it sound so easy :(

Parisbreakfasts said...

How right you are about Thiebaut's pink New Yorker cover looking an awful like the Austrian pink cookies Manner!!
Who knew!?
Very good set of eyes there...

Anonymous said...

As someone I know would say,
"A big merci!"

Anne Corrons said...

macarons seem to be always close to you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the art lesson, Carol. Very instructive!