Marbles seem to have a universal attraction for artists and non-artists. The hard, semi transparent, reflective surface give so many possibilities.
For some reason I have marbles in my head (yes I know...) and I need to paint them to get it out of my system. Of course finding marbles is not as simple as anticipated, not the ordinary cat's eye marbles anyway. Everything these days seems to be extraordinary swirls of colour in opaque glass with exotic patterns or designs. I just want plain old marbles that I remember from childhood.
Stage I - blocking in values
But all is not lost. I found this creative commons image to practice on and am quite enjoying the process so far. The painting is at about the half way point, so more work on it tomorrow. Its a small piece again. Smaller studies let me work out the issues that I come up against and the marble is no different. This is in acrylic, I think a larger work, once I find marbles will be in oils.