It’s Spring cleaning time here at the Armitage residence. With a little dusting and a little sun, my cut crystal sparkles. I can’t imagine another time of year I’d have all of the cut crystal out at once, but it sure does shine when I do. The lighting was a little bit tricky because I arranged the glass on the shelves in my new studio. From there the glass is back lit through one set of windows and indirectly front lit through the others. The result is a lot of extra glitter.
Like the metal instruments I’ve been painting the last few months, cut glass is all about shine and it contrast in values that makes shine. The actual colors don’t really matter so much as long as the values are right. For this set of crystal I used primarily cobalt blue, pthalo blue, new gamgee, burnt sienna and dioxin purple. There are hints of magnesium blue, and touch of pthalo green.
Painted on clayboard and mounted on a black cradle frame, this painting is ready to hang. For a more traditional look, a frame may be added.