Seeing The Light

Day 28 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Seeing The Light - Glass Mug With Tea Ball Teapot - #doodlewash

Watercolor is an amazing medium, but also incredibly challenging, particularly when you choose subjects with a lot of reflected light as I tend to do quite often. Since the prompt was “light” today, I decided to try combining all three of my favorite things to paint: glass, metal, and edible stuff. Looking at that list now, it seems really bizarre all together. But, I love food and drinks so that’s an easy one, and the other materials are there a lot because I love the way light dances on them causing the oddest reflections to appear. When sketching metal and glass, I don’t really think about the object when I’m painting, I just get lost in the shapes that I see. The shapes make absolutely no sense, but I paint them anyway. It’s fun to let my mind rest and just trust in my eyes. Once when I was struggling with painting very early on, Philippe told me, “Just paint what you see!” This seemed so obvious at the time, but then I realized I had been painting what I assumed should be there instead. So that simple comment ended up being quite a revelation and something that continues to help me when I’m painting today.

Of course, when painting something this intricate, it’s equally good to have a bit more time. But I’ve grown fond of my quick daily dashes and if I spent any more time, I would only get a bit bored. Actually, on days when I struggle and it takes more time, I find myself jabbing bits of color in at the end, like a little kid playing with his dinner when he’d rather just go outside and play. It’s never that I’m tired of painting, I’m simply tired of painting “that thing” in front of me. This is probably why I’ve never really left my trusty sketchbook. I love keeping it small and quick so I can move on to some other challenge the next day. One would think I’d tend to avoid difficult things like glass and metal entirely, but to me this is where watercolor truly shines, often quite literally. I love the effects of light that can be produced with, in my case, just a slight bit of patience. I’m realizing that even though I rarely repeat a subject, the more I paint a particular type of material, the better I understand it.

As I move forward, I’m starting to learn about the types of things I absolutely love to paint and things like this doodlewash have all three. When I started this month’s adventure and titled it Paint What You Love, I had assumed I loved to paint lots of different things equally. But in truth, I think I’m stilling learning what those things are. For now, it’s glass, metal, and food. I’m not sure what kind of art that amounts to, but I’ve managed ways to sneak them in whenever I can. Actually, it’s just a plate with food, cutlery and a beverage that I need to embody all three. I’m no so much a food illustrator as an illustrator who loves to celebrate the actually eating part. And always, no matter what, I remember those wise words and continue to try to paint what I see. Each day, I may or may not improve but I’m still learning, and I know in my heart that I’m always seeing the light.

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 Day 28 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Seeing The Light - Glass Mug With Tea Ball Teapot - #doodlewash

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  1. picklejuicesoda 6 years ago

    Great painting! Amazing how well you captured the way liquid distorts things, awesome job!

  2. anna warren portfolio 6 years ago

    Its a very good maxim to work with Charlie – and has worked so well today. Your tea glows with light!

  3. Jacob 6 years ago

    Very clever response with a curious combination! Just to say, I’m not sure I’ve ever tried this particular take on tea. 😉 I remain stunned that you can execute these so quickly – a group of reflections like that would take me an age!

    “Paint what you see” – I forget who gave me similar wisdom, but remember hearing it, and it being quite the big eye-opener. Go Philippe.

    • Author

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 I have to admit that this one took a touch longer… though none of them can take hours as I don’t have that much time! hehe Yeah, Philippe is pretty wise, though I think he said it in more of frustrated tone meaning… stop whining and get on with it! lol

  4. dapplegrey 6 years ago

    An absolute tour du force Charlie! C’est manifique! So wonderful I felt only French would express it emphatically enough. 😃

    • Author

      awww you’re so sweet! Merci beaucoup!! 😃💕 So true about French… I only wish I could ever learn to speak it properly. 😊

  5. YesterdayAfter 6 years ago

    Lovely work Charlie! I love how you captured the transparency of both glass and tea! Beautiful! 😉 <3

  6. berolahragacomblog 6 years ago

    Good Post…

  7. You are the master and shiny! 👏

  8. Elizabeth 6 years ago

    Don’t know where to start. I see humor in having a teapot in a cup. Water reflections and distortions of light going through transparent glass and water, bouncing off curved reflective opaque metal. Layers but not layers.
    There is inspiration here, but I lack the skill to put it into words.

    Thanks for the visual and for the thought provoktion. (Urgh – spell check wants either ‘provoking’ or ‘provocative’, neither fits.)

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Elizabeth! 😃💕 So glad you liked this one! Yeah, it’s that a funny teaball? I thought it was fun and also a huge challenge to try!

  9. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 years ago

    Glass and metal – transparency and reflection. You paint what you see, or maybe that which creates barriers and masks. Just something to think about.

    • Author

      hmmm… that’s definitely something to think about. I think that could be a part of it. That and the overall illusion of things. I paint only “sort of” realistic. I like to add a little more of the dream aspect in things here and there.

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