I visualize the effect of giving grey in gradient mode. Mixed black, chinese white, prussian blue and little crimson lake…got the correct shade. Prepare darker grey and lighter grey by adding some more white to it. The painting being vertically long, I prefer to give the shades alongside the figures.
3D Outliner :
Before going for shading I want to give the painting the rusty look of that land by giving some 3d outliner – Glitter Black color. Moreover its a glass, it reflects light and the painting is also an abstract-like, so I prefer to give some glitter touch to it.
Dabbing the oil colors on glass, I strike upon a thought of giving two columns of darker variation on each side and lighter shade in the center, not giving gradual gradient on the glass. It feels better and comes out well.
In this painting the gradient moves out from center to corners in a circular manner. Most Glass Tanjore Paintings which comprise Gods and Goddess reflects this type of gradient variation.
This African art doesn’t need one like this. So I worked out as separate perpendicular columns of shades.
Nice to paint this type of art on the glass…it has no defined face, eyes, nose and lips that makes me to put so much of oil paint variations on the face…because I usually apply oil colors for the skin of the figure that I am painting.
Giving Shades :
Most glass painters, mostly beginners… use the same acrylic colors, that too not showing any variations for the cheek, chin or forehead… I wont argue you all to not using any acrylic colors for the skin texture. Show some color variations. Keep the glass upright and do the painting.
Light shaded part
Drawing outlines for the shaded part gives the picture an amateurish look .
Draw only the outline of the pitcher. Give the lighter shades while coloring.
First put the light shades. Then give the dark shade part and when its wet(acrylic dry quick) take some dark shade on your brush, move over the lighter shaded part. Remember you are painting on the reverse side. So keep the glass upright and view the painting’s shade, whether it comes out well or not.
Merging of lighter and darker shades
Making lighter in the center
Shades in Pitcher
Acrylic Colors are over
Painting Side - Reverse
Careful about the Large Glass :
Some cuts and wounds on the pressed part of your hand with the glass are common while putting the glass upright.
Now next I paint the background with oil colors which gives the gradient effect…Wait…
In my house, the builder put some spaces in the Living room, that I almost filled with some of my paintings.
But I am having some idea of filling with larger ones. So I measure the space leave 4 inches for the frame and purchase the glass of size 15 x 42 inch.
I got a picture of African art traced and transferred it on the glass.
Tracing Sheet under the glass
Transferred to glass