7" x 5" acrylic
While I love painting water and fish, I find that pretty much anything that has similar reflective surfaces always appeals to me. A natural sideline towards glass is inevitable and I love the challenges it presents.
Within this glass marble there are a number of lost and found edges. The found or hard edges create the light reflected off the surface and the diffused or lost edges make up the values within the shape and in the reflection of the marble on the table it sits on. The lost edge are the bottom of the reflection seems to dissolve into the darkness of the table and again at the edges. This blurred area helps provide atmosphere in the painting as well as define what the surface is made of. We know from that reflection that the table does not have a brilliantly reflective finish and give a mirror image with the same detail that the marble is painted.
The marble sits in the light and its hard surface where the light strikes it has strongly defined areas between the values, the light bleaching out the colour and only coming back as the surface curves towards the shadow.
The values of colour and light within the marble have both soft or lost edges as one colour blends into another to indicate form. This contrasts well against the crisp edges of the highlights and marble's outer edge.
A variety of edges in a painting gives interest and keeps the viewer's attention. The found edges become the focal point of the piece then let the eye travel to other areas with less focus.