Saturday, January 30, 2010

Crystal in Sepia II

For those who have followed my blog for awhile, you will recognize this as a sepia crystal bowl I did in either 2008 or 2009. I did this as a demo painting for my watercolor class yesterday. I usually don't like to paint a painting more than once, usually the excitement is spent the first time. But, I enjoyed this one as much the second time as the first. Maybe that is because it was such fun seeing the expressions on the faces of the students when I lifted that bowl shape out of the brown background. They had an equal amount of fun and wonder when they did their own paintings of this bowl. It was a good day!

I wish to thank Vicki once again for being such a good friend that she did a variety of set-ups using this bowl, photographed them and sent them to me to choose the preferred reference photo. All of this just because I asked her pretty please! ! What a friend!


Penny said...

This is brilliant! I have no idea how you managed it, obviously my painting skills are not very advanced!

Vicki Greene said...

Susan you posted your first painting in March of 2009 and this one is even better. You amaze me with your sepia paintings and thank you for remembering me on the photo (I really appreciate that).

Michelle Himes said...

This is awesome, Susan. I can "feel" the weight of the heavy glass, and the sharp edges of the facets.

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...


This is awesome! I love sepia and lead crystal. You have nailed both! Would love to paint with you sometime.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Thanks Penny, see my note to Coni below.

Michelle - Thanks for noticing the weight of the glass, that was what I was aiming for to show the dimension.

Vicki - I still say it was your ref photo you provided me that was the secret!

Coni - Stay tuned on WcW, I was asked several times after I posted this to write up a demo and post it to the demo file there. Well, I'm gonna do it! Hopefully, soon. But, it means painting this one a third time and stopping to take photos at each step, we'll see if I am able to manage to do that.

I wish we could paint together, too! When you are in AZ next maybe that could happen!