Class Notes: Clear as Glass
favorite still life subjects. With these 2 little water glass demos, I took a minimalist approach, with a focus on the distortion - behind the glass.
This is the route I encourage students to take: say as little as possible in paint and allow the eye to fill in the blanks. More explanation can be beautiful - or just redundant. Clarity is key when interpreting clear glass.
"Duh"- you say,
but beginners always try to describe too much "glass"- which, when you think about it - if it is clear, should hardly be seen at all.
I use hard highlights and hard accents (the darkest marks) to communicate the hardness of the glass.
The lower photo is a quick study in colored glass.
So, how do you make glass look clear and still show the color? Think CLARITY.
If the glass is clear/transparent or colored/transparent, you have to be able to see through it.
Well, I got a little carried away with this colored glass - probably a result of too much time, alas.