Painting reflections is a lot like doing a jigsaw puzzle. The picture finally comes together when all the pieces are in the right places. Each shape must be the correct value with the appropriate edges around it, and VIOLA! Reflections emerge.

This wine bottle is nearly complete and the next one is started. An overall wash of mostly warm colors was painted on wet paper after all the white shapes were miskited. My miskit is gray - Pebeo Drawing Gum, my favorite miskit because -
* it flows on easily
* it's visible once it's on the paper so I can see where I've already applied it
* the jar has a concave lid to pour a small quantity of miskit into so that the bottle can be closed up quickly, preventing it from going bad too soon
The next photo shows another wine bottle only partially done. Two Sundays ago before I had surgery, I was sneaking around our grocery store trying to get good pictures of wine bottles. I should've asked permission, I suppose, but 'Thank You, Krogers,' anyway.

Now for an afternoon of painting... and watching the wildlife on the deck...


Vicki Holdwick said...

I'm impressed. I've never tried reflections. I'm told it is very hard to get it right

You make it look easy.

Thanks for sharing,


RHCarpenter said...

This looks fantastic!!! Can't wait to see this one in person :)

Anonymous said...


These latest Wine bottle painting'S are OUTSTANDING now by OUTSTANDING I mean excellent could win any award, and make any artist worth his or her weight in salt sit up take notice and make notes on how a BEAUTIFUL watermedia painting is or should be done.

Sandy if you ever doubt your abilities or question your artistry (I can't imagine you do but if you ever do) keep this around as a reminder I think I might like this a slight bit more then the Penguins and that's saying a lot.

Sandy, take care of that newest knee and have a HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

You have captured these rich colours magnificently and thanks for the lesson in 'reflections'.

Vicki Greene said...

Sandy, I am a bit behind on my blogging but I hope that you knee is doing great. You wine bottle are wonderful!

Jeanette said...

I really like this, so much so that I now need to create my own still life set up to do one myself.

And you're right, it is just like a jigsaw puzzle, fitting all the pieces in place. Very therapeutic work.

Christiane Kingsley said...

You make it sound very easy, but it still looks most difficult to do properly. As usual, your work is so professional and completely stunning.
Take care of your knee.

Ann Buckner said...

Thanks for sharing so much of your knowledge with us, Sandy. It is a joy to watch this unfold.

Wishing you and your family a most Blessed Christmas & New Year.

Cynthia said...

Thanks for your summary of doing glass......you make it all look so easy....astounding piece.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks for stopping by during this busy holiday season. The painting's almost finished...hope to complete it Tuesday and post it. Rhonda was here today and we had a good painting session together.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Amazing glass work! Thanks for the tip about Pebeo Drawing Gum. Generally, I can't stand the miskit stuff but, with your recommendation, this looks worth trying. Happy Solstice!

devotedmomof7 said...

SUPER REFLECTIONS!! Your work is always awesome!

Teresa said...

Looks like you're getting ready for the seasonal celebrations Sandy XD

Seriously, I love paintings of reflecting surfaces, and it's big! can't wait to see the next step, this must be breathtaking in real life

Downstairscreator said...

Sandy...You mentioned that you might go through a demo of your taping technique on your blog. That would sure be great as I love the technique. Is there any other place I might find a demo? I would love to attend a class but live on the west coast so don't see that happening anytime soon.