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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Copper Tea Kettle at Forever Antiques

This copper tea kettle was photographed by my friend Deb Holmes at an antique shop.  She has kindly allowed me to paint it. Thanks, Deb! I love to paint reflections, although it takes me a lot longer than my usualy style of painting.  This painting is 12" x 9" and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.  For the copper I used burnt sienna, sepia and van dyke brown and mixtures of those colors.  I love to mix burnt sienna and sepia - it makes such a rich brown.  For the reflection of the mauve cloth in the pot, I used dragons blood mixed with the burnt sienna.

8 comments:

Studio at the Farm said...

Beautifully done, Barb!

Ruth said...

Barb, Wow! This is outstanding. It's a shame it's not large here on your blog so all the intricacies can be appreciated. I saw it on WcW in larger size and was blown away. The colors are beautifully complementary-the blue & purple perfect bg for the copper. The copper color is fantastic, but it's the lights on "metal" that make this so amazingly a true copper pot. Barb, you were good before you retired, but you are "SAILING" now into masterpieces!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Sorry not commented of late - been here there and everywhere except checking out blog friends.The colours are wonderful to create the copper effect - thanks for sharing how you get there. Scrolled down down to the lovely mug and eggs, another great little painting.

The Halters said...

brilliant! in every facet of the word! :) this is a gorgeous piece. thank you for sharing not only your skill and creative spirit but the acknowledgements and little tips. you're so thoughtful. have a great day, Barb!

Arti said...

Its a gorgeous piece, really!The reflections are too good, the colors sparkling!Congrats.

jgr said...

Amazing-unbelievable! I'm a little bit speechless.
You have outdone yourself with this one! Thank you for sharing your talent, I am inspired!

Tim Robinson said...

Oh Wow! I love this!

Christiane Kingsley said...

Barb, this painting took my breath away...it is so beautiful! Amazing work on the copper and reflections!