Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mercury glass

Mercury Glass - SOLD
5 x 7   oil on panel
I inherited a number of mercury glass ornaments that were my parents and their parents before them which were hung on Christmas trees over the years. Its amusing to see manufacturers create replicas of original mercury glass, but as is said, what goes around, comes around.  It seems the world reverts to the classics in many areas.

Mercury glass, also known as silvered glass, contains neither mercury nor silver. It's actually clear glass, mold-blown into double-walled shapes and coated on the inside with a silvering formula.  There is a nostalgia associated with these decorative ornaments and they do have a special appeal that can't be found in ornaments created today.

These ornament sized paintings are a break for me between painting larger pieces in my current boat series, which is on # 11 out of 15 planned pieces.  I am on track, more or less, just need to really focus on painting, which is why this blog is a little sporadic over the last few months.  However, I can see light at the end of the tunnel.   Here's a little peek at what's on the canvas right now.  I can't reveal completed paintings until my solo exhibition opens in the spring, but I can provide little glimpses like this. :)

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Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

very shiny looking ornament :) and the palette knife painting style really adds a lot of shine to it through the different shapes, like a little jewel

Jeanette Jobson said...

It is very shiny. I have real challenges making reds bright enough so I added a red fluorescent oil paint for the highlights on that section. They sure do pop!

RH Carpenter said...

So pretty, so shiny, so colorful! And thanks for the little tease - I know you're working towards the show but getting a little peek is fun.

Jeanette Jobson said...

I love painting the reflected light in a shiny surface. Its probably why I am drawn to painting water in fact. But these little ornaments are irresistable to paint.

Its frustrating not being able to show whole paintings, but # 12 is on the easel now, so 4 more to do!