I have a crystal ornament or two :)
The one that I wanted to paint is a peacock.
It casts some beautiful rainbows, but you have to look very very closely to see the colour in it.
So I took a photo and blew it up and from there I started to draw, mask and paint.
Here's the drawing on a quarter sheet, with all the facets and shapes of the colours drawn in
and here is the masking laid down to preserve the whites
the sky through the window is french ultramarine and the door a gold ochre. The shadows on the window and sill a a very weak wash of winsor green and alizarin crimson.
The deeper shadows are french ultramarine and alizarin crimson
and the tips of the feathers and body of the bird are gold ochre.
The base of the mirrored stand is a weak mix of the winsor green and alizarin crimson.
more to follow another day...
A Ring Billed Gull at Lunch
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