This was the first painting I was asked to complete as part of the Painting Workshop. We had to utilize the single colour objects we had previously collected along with our experimental colour fragments. While completing the painting I found that having these colour fragment experimentation close-by allowed for a more rapid mixing of colours. Having said this I did still find it hard to replicate the exact tones I had achieved during experimenting. I also found that the appearance of colours can change dramatically prior to applying them onto canvas, a colour may appear lighter or darker mixed on a palette than it does in actuality. A particular issue I encountered was the malleability of the paint itself. When painting prior to this workshop I found comfort in a paint’s ability to glide and blend smoothly over a surface. This was not as easily attained when completing my painting. As a result and to accommodate for acrylics high viscosity I found myself adding more water to the paint so it acted more like watercolours. Once I had done this I found the acrylic easier to manoeuvre across the canvas allowing for a greater degree of accuracy and blending capabilities in relation to my established painting tendencies.


I am most pleased with the outcome of the bottle, although its exact form was not reproduced to a high degree of accuracy I believe I successfully created the effect of reflective glass through the use of tints of various other colours mixed along its base blue tone. Upon further group analysis of my piece I discovered that I implementing two distinct techniques within my painting, one which was more linear-based in relation to the hat and another which utilised more expressive brush-strokes as used in the bottle. I think that although these methods differ greatly in their application and appearance I feel that together they are effective at complementing each-other’s form, even highlighting particular elements through juxtaposition. The harsh linear quality extenuating the fabric element of the hat while the more free-form approach to the bottle creating the sense of smoothness inherent with glass.