Monday, October 12, 2015

Back at the bottles

I have a new piece in the works.
Exploring more tinted glass bottles but now with a few new ones added to my collection.
During my vacation in New Hampshire this summer my sister in law and I
 haunted a few old and new antique stores.  
I found so many beautiful objects to place around my house and to use in painting set ups for my stills.

The vintage Laura Ashley cloth and a cobalt violet bottle flask are my new treasured finds.

 WIP, Watercolor, 15" x 30"
©Carmella Tuliszewski

My drawing on 300 lb. cold press Arches is ready to go.
My line drawing is a map of shapes which help to make the painting part more spontaneous
and give confidence when I lay that first color glaze in.
No amount of glorious color will fix a bad drawing.
For me it's worth the time to get the foundation as best I can.
Before I begin I will use a kneaded eraser to pick up any excess graphite to ensure
clean, crisp color application.

I like to keep a high key photo copy to refer to as I go just to keep those dark areas correct.

Don't you love this part!?
All the happy hours of painting ahead.
I'm very excited to get started!


  1. I'm so excited to see where you take this,Carmella, it is amazing already! I love your collection of bottles!

    1. Thank you Celia. I've been working on the cloth the past couple of days and so far so good.

  2. Too bad you can't take an income tax deduction for "props." Anyway, your drawing is just beautiful. Looking forward to your finished piece!

  3. Haha Chris wouldn't that be nice! But I do use everything somewhat. The bottles sit in my windows and look great when the sun hits them, all my glass dishes pull double duty as serving plates, I'll lay a cloth down to decorate for a dinner or holiday, etc. Also I get things pretty inexpensively at mostly thrift stores. Thanks for stopping by!


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