Sunday, November 16, 2008

Rainbow on a windowsill

Acrylic polymer emulsion on gessoed hardboard, 12 x 10'',
Created November 8-16, 2008, #150.

What appeals to me as a painter is color. In this simple study, It was like going back to the basics of the eight colors found in a Crayola Crayon box. The browns were used sparingly around the neck of the jar and outside the window, while the remaining seven each has their day in the sun (literary). The fact that I was able to produce this painting in a shorter period means that I am in the ''ZONE'' again. The most difficult colors for me to match are found in the palette of blues. Instead of procrastinating on the crystal, I just went for it. It really came out as I was hoping, but to achieve the proper blue, I superimposed three different already mixed combinations plus shades of Prisma violet.

This painting is another commission piece from source material photography I took myself. The mason jar is a flea market find I purchased for 50¢, while the large blue crystal paperweight and the stained glass were collectibles of the clients.

-Private collection


  1. Totally amazing, as always Alvin. In the 'zone' you are indeed! Beautiful depth of colour.


  2. Fantastic work! I'm amazed that you can get such subtle shading with acrylics. Do you use it more like it's watercolor?

  3. Thank you Jeffrey for your visit and kind comment.
    Hi Carol,
    I do use an acrylic technique that is very simular to watercolor. Washes and glazes. But it is the transparent quality of the paint that permits me to building up the image gradually in thin layers. Thanks for your comment. Your own artwork is pretty fantastic!

  4. Love all your work Alvin, amazing detail. You inspire me!

  5. Alvin,
    Truely beautiful! I know what you mean about creating the intensity of that blue. I also like how you added the color elements with your clear mason jar. I'm so glad you're back in the "zone". You and a few other folks always inspire me to keep at it. Take care and have a wonderful day.

  6. I wonder if people realize how incredibly masterful your work is. I keep forgetting you are using acrylic. I know what you mean about the difficulty of blues. I have that problem in oils as well but I must say you handled it perfectly.

  7. Fantastic yet again, Alvin. It is always a pleasure and an inspiration to visit your blog. Are you still working full time and doing art on the side? I do not know how you manage to consistently produce such exquisite pieces! Have a great weekend!

  8. P.S. - I love the way you signed your name in this piece!!!!

  9. To Jackie, Jean, Lisa & Joanne - thank you so much for stopping by and your comments.....I'm blushing!
    - - -
    Yes, I still have my full-time job as a nurse....but I am taking a 6 months sabbatical in January to live a little, paint a lot, revamp part of our house and travel.

    As for the signature, sometime I use it as an element to balance the composition (sounds strange), while other time like this, I just want it to dissapear into the image.

  10. do you paint light so well?!!

  11. Thank you Dawn for your visit. The secret to painting light - whatever is adjacent to any lighted area on the image has to be much darker, if not, the poping effect of light will be diminished.

  12. This is my first visit to your site and I'm blown away! Your paintings make objects just glow with light and beauty. They are like realism to the Heaventh degree. :0)
    You really are ready and should be painting full time! Fly!

  13. Beautiful work, Alvin, as always.

  14. jewel like color. This painting sparkles, Alvin.
    I have a jar just like it, also was $.50 at a LONG AGO yard sale.

  15. Alvin!

    I LOVE all of the colors being cast from the blue crystal and the rainbow suncatcher!

    One of the best glass painters I've seen! You capture light effects brilliantly!