Thursday, 12 February 2009

Old Town Pamplona


I took a photograph of Nick beside a beautiful advertisement we found down an alley in the old town of Pamplona. This week, looking for a subject to test out some new pastels, a medium I’ve not used before, I decided to try to reproduce it. The advertisement, produced in the 40’s or 50’s, was a reverse glass painting, a great survivor, undamaged by vandals, bulls or runners!
Realistic reverse paintings are challenging to create, as one must, for example, in painting a face, put the pupil of an eye on the glass before the iris, etc, exactly the opposite of normal painting. If this is neglected the artist will not be able to correct the error as he or she will not get in between the glass and the paint already applied. Anyway, above is the result, I hope I have done the original painter justice.

5 comments:

joey said...

I see oodles of talent oozing from your site! Thanks for popping over and commenting on 'the party'.

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

I think you have (done justice to the original)
Lovely sketchbook page.
K

Red Clover said...

my grandmother adored working in pastels, they were her favorite medium. I liked experiment...

Ilona said...

Very lovely result! And interesting notes on reverse glass painting

Woodland Fay said...

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