Glass is a funny thing to paint. Not funny in the ha ha sense. Funny in the way it tricks the eye of the viewer. At least my eyes get fooled. The light and color can be intensified in some areas of the glass and completely unchanged from the background in other areas. There are reflections and distortions to deal with. And of course highlights.
I take it back. Painting glass isn't funny at all.
One good thing you get from attempting to paint glass. You really have to decide on your background early in the process.. And for those of you that have read this blog through the years, you know how I struggle ( procrastinate really) with backgrounds. The photo above shows my progress in tinkering with the background. I'm playing with shadows and thinking about a splash of sunlight. All I have settled is the direction of the light and the tone of the background will be light not dark.
I transfered my drawing back over what I had painted. to see some of the detail. I'm having trouble deciding if the composition as it stands now will hold my attention long term. The detail won't do it by itself. I think it needs more.
There we go. Some texture! The surface of the background needed to contrast with the surface of the glass. My studio doesn't have white bricks so my reference for the brick background is a house a few blocks from my studio. Now that I have the idea sketched out and the basic colors. Let the fun begin!