Stunning Crystal and Glass, The Watercolorist's Guide to Capturing the Splendor of Light
by Joyce Faulknor
If you think the sparkle of crystal is absolutely arresting, but way beyond your
skills as an artist...think again! The dazzle of crystal, the glow of glass,
colorful shadows, fun reflections, refracted light. In this month's Main
Selection, Joyce Faulknor makes these kinds of dramatic effects not just
possible, but actually fun to paint--no matter what your skill level!
With simple techniques demonstrated step by step, you'll start creating
stunning pieces almost immediately. Good thing, too, because this book is
brimming with fascinating subjects you'll by dying to paint: bottles of olive
oil, crystal candlesticks, jewel-toned vases, Italian beveled glass, canning
jars, copper tea kettles, and more!
Painting Glass & Crystal Doesn't Have to Be Difficult! Joyce's
dark-to-light approach to painting crystal and glass removes the mystery from
painting light and reflections. Follow along with her exercises and
demonstrations--the transformation in your work will amaze you!
Joyce has you start with one simple piece. With the help of 10
easy-to-follow, yet tantalizingly challenging step-by-step demonstrations, you
will learn how to:
* Achieve incredible depth and texture using
Joyce's unique dark-to-light approach, laying in the darkest shapes and allowing
the darkest values to create the foundation for the painting.
* Paint a
scrumptious assortment of subjects--glasses of ice, colored glass vases with
flowers, beveled orange juicers, beveled vases, Depression glass, cut crystal,
reflective surfaces and more.
* Add flowers, colorful cloths, and
reflective surfaces to backgrounds to create spectacular effects.
Finally--A Crystal-Clear Method for Painting Glass!
as glass subjects may be, they can seem overwhelming to any level of artist.
Through the exercises in this book you will work your way slow and sure into the
more complex pieces, culminating in a step-by-step project featuring seven
pieces of glass! This book de-mystifies the challenge, simplifies the shapes,
and makes it suddenly quite doable! Along the way, Joyce shares the most
illuminating lessons she's learned over the years: certain colors that work well
for cut crystal and glass, advice working from reference photos, tricks for
adding drama to your compositions...and other insights that will stoke your love
affair with this ever-exciting subject.
Start a Love Affair
As you learn the tips and techniques behind
adding this lively new element to your work, all the while you'll be learning to
look at glass with a new appreciation. You will see the fabulous distorted
patterns and the contrasting values. You will begin to notice that the darkest
dark and the lightest light are generally next to each other. You will learn
that even the simplest pieces of glass contain extraordinary shapes within
shapes. You will appreciate the soft and hard edges, perfect for watercolor. And
just when you think you have a great variety of shapes and values, you will tilt
your head and discover the prism--a beautiful rainbow shining through.
Glass is so giving that you can paint what you see or just go wild with shape
and color. The understanding you gain in this book will give you the creative
license to play up what you see and make it your own.