Reflections on a glass surfacePosted: August 22, 2020
I have my work cut out for me today, cleaning up this mess. But before I start, it seems like a good idea to observe and paint how all these bits reflect on a glass surface. For this one, it’s all about the values, so first I try to identify the lights (sunny side of the objects), mid-tones (the glass surface) and the darks (reflections and shadows on glass). Here’s the process:
- After a quick drawing on watercolour paper, I paint the objects and their reflections, mostly with a light green wash.
- When that’s dry, I paint the glass surface with some saturated blue (leaving a few bits of white), at times glazing over the reflections as well, to darken them slightly. A reflection of an object is often a little darker than the object itself.
- The last step is to put in the darks, which for the most part, are the undersides of the objects, as well as their shadows.