|Painting Glass in a Still Life|
- Outlining the glass with definite dark lines.
Unlike opaque objects, glass consists of several elements on different levels, often causing confusion when still life painting. These are:
- Reflections on the glass’s surface, such as windows, people or furniture.
- Shadows cast on the glass from neighbouring objects.
- The glass’s own shadow which appear solid on some places, ethereal in others.
- Highlights from light sources.
- Refraction of the objects seen through the glass causing them to appear displaced.
- Imperfections on the glass’s surface, causing warping or distortion of the appearance of objects.
- The colour of the glass itself, which may appear translucent in some places, greenish, bluish or grey in others.
How to Paint Glass
The secret to painting glass is simply to simplify. Forget about the different elements and what the brain knows about them, but to simply paint what the eye sees. This may seem difficult at first, but practice will make perfect. Try the following tips.
Paint glass from a photo at first. Painting from a two dimensional image will take away the concept of the space the glass occupies and the changing lighting conditions. Turn the photo upside down in order to make it appear more abstract.
Pay attention to how objects are seen through the glass. Do they appear displaced? Are they warped?
Look out for distortions of the objects through the glass. An object with a straight line such as a playing card may appear curved or have wobbly lines. Contours will often steepen towards the edges of the glass, and may appear to disintegrate altogether.
What Colour is Glass?
The palette of objects will often have tonal and chromatic shift when viewed through glass. Some may have a greenish or mauve cast which will appear richer through thick glass. The tone will often be (but not always) darker.