Saturday, September 03, 2011

Classic Martini - Part 1

Martinis.  You either love them or hate them.  There are endless stories of who created them and endless recipes for different varieties.  This is a classic martini - gin, vermouth, ice, shaken or stirred.  The garnish can be a lemon or lime twist, olive or cherry.

I've started, trashed and restarted this martini painting.  I'm using an 8 x 8 cradled panel that is oh so smooth.  I think its the surface that was throwing me initially as it just didn't want to seem to grab the paint.  The first try last night and this morning didn't work at all so I painted over it with Payne's Gray and am now in the process of getting the textures and shapes correct so that it looks like glass and liquid in glass.

This is in acrylic and that can cause its own issues, especially on a smaller scale for me.  However, I think its starting to come together.  Another session tomorrow and it should be complete.


Christiane Kingsley said...

Jeanette, I really like the reflections within the glass! I look forward to seeing the finished piece. It's going to be very nice!

Jeanette said...

Christiane, I have been having fits getting those to do what I want, but think I'm getting there now. Update later I hope.

Sandra said...

I painted a very similar picture myself last Christmas - 'Baubles in a Cocktail Glass'. Aren't they such a fun subject to paint? I adored the distortions! But, I ddn't have a Martini in mine, however you have inspired me - and the next time I paint a cocktail glass, it will contain my reward :0)