Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sparkling Treasures

Acrylic polymer emulsion on gessoed hardboard, 14 x 20''
Created March 24- April 7, 2009, #157

This is a commission piece. It is yet another glass on glass study set on a grid wood storage cube with a sheet of tempered glass on top. This is the reason the base is so pale in color, light is being refracted. When they chose this particular image among the few hundreds I took, I agreed to honor their wishes, because it had the punch of colors they wanted, and the red plate was a family heirloom that was special to them both.

When I did the photo shoot, I knew that if they chose this type of imagery, it would in turn be setting the bar very high, like a high jumper going for a personal best by 10 cm. I procrastinated during the past year of painting too quickly because I knew I had this particular image to tackle. In retrospect I should have started with this one in order to put any doubt to rest, because the moment I started the pencil drawing, I realized that I could paint it. Even if it was the most complex glass piece I had ever done, if I isolated the image in small areas, it all made sense. Needless to say, I am pleased of this piece and the whole series. It was a great privilege for me to do these paintings and it was only fitting that they got to chose the title for the last piece.
-Private collection

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful!!!! I know exactly what you mean by isolating it in small pieces and how it then makes sense. You achieved your PB by 10cm here, Alvin!

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  2. Amazing, amazing, amazing!

    That's all there is to say!

    -Dean

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  3. Alvin,
    All the praise that we can give you - which you richly deserve - must pale in comparison to how you feel at having achieved this amazing piece. You KNOW how spectacular it is - I have no really strong words which can adequately define the standard you have reached here. Congratulations, Master Painter. I will sign up and travel to New Brunswick the moment you offer your first class!!!!! :-) Happy Easter, Alvin.

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  4. Thank you Michelle, Dean and Joanne for making me blush. You made my day!

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  5. Dear Alvin,
    What I can say before this ? All has been said with the previous comments. You're the best !

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  6. Wow!...is that a paint brush or a magic wand..outstanding my friend.

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  7. This is an astounding painting! I love the reflections in the fluted vase especially. Love your story of procrastination -- I'm a master of that art for sure!!

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  8. Hi Alvin, I don't know what to say except that your work is simply superb. The transparent glasses are very fine, truly wonderful. Everything works well: brush work, composition, subtle reflections, colors and shapes. Masterful work!

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  9. This makes me ache with awe....I'm speechless!

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  10. Many thanks to all of you for stopping by and leaving your comments.

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  11. Wow! Thank you to Carrie Waller for inteoducing me to your blog! Can I be your new groupie?! Just kidding.... I intend to stalk...er follow you, watch, and learn though, if it is okay with you! Stunning imagry here!

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