Plums and glass“Plums and Glass”  |  6″x6″  |  oil on gesso board  |  purchase here

After finishing over 300 paintings, I’ve covered a pretty wide range of subjects.  Poking through my archives, I can find pets, fruit and veggies, portraits, mountains, boats, figures, seagulls, trees, pastries, and even the occasional parrot. But even so, there a few subjects that I avoid at all costs.  Babies, for one.  Paintings of babies are always one misplaced brushstroke away from an offended parent.  And glass – oh, how I’ve avoided glass.

I finally tried painting some clear glass a couple of weeks ago at Carol Marine’s workshop.  While it wasn’t exactly easy, it turns out that it wasn’t too hard either.  Glass, like this small vase, is made up of shapes, values, and colors just like anything else you might care to paint.  And the only real challenge is being able to really see these shapes, values and colors without your brain getting in the way.