It’s been a while since I painted anything in a realistic style, I was looking though my computer folders and found images of the copper kettle painting. This is an oveglaze painting on a tile about 8 inches square.
My aim here was to realistically paint shiny copper, I added the fruit and lace for interest, and to reflect in the kettle. I was thinking along the lines of Betty Edwards, make it complicated to confuse the brain so to speak.
Here’s my composition
I decided the best way to tackle this challenge was to paint what I saw, I thought it important to establish the dark values early on.
Then I built up the colour over the next couple of fires. Not only are the fruit reflected in the kettle but they reflect light and colour onto the white cloth. It’s important not to over do this or you end up with a coloured cloth.
Here is the finished painting, I almost wish I had time to get out my brushes and get painting.