Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Copper Tea Kettle at Forever Antiques

This is the finished painting of the copper tea Kettle. I finished it this afternoon. The finished size is 12" x 9" and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed  watercolor paper.  As I mentioned in the first WIP of this painting, it is painted from the photograph taken by my friend Deb Holmes, an excellent photographer.  The kettle was photographed in an antique shop.

14 comments:

carolking said...

that is some shiny tea kettle. Beautiful painting.

Norena said...

You did it! Let's have tea soon!

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

This is just beautiful Barb! I love all things copper. I am interested in your process...I would have glazed on all of the colors over the entire pot and then gone in with the darkest darks. I see that you completely paint everything starting at the top and working down, section by section. Hmmmmmm! Maybe I should adopt this method instead of working as I do. Interesting!

RH Carpenter said...

What an accomplishment - the shine, the copper glow, the reflections - one of your best so far this year :) and the year is so new!

LSVoight said...

Barb,
this is absolutely amazing!! the reflections and shine are beautiful! I may have missed it when you posted your wip's but what colors did you use in the copper? I have a copper pot I would love to try, too :)

Mocking Bird said...
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Mocking Bird said...

Very beautiful. . .an inspiration!

Barb Sailor said...

Carol...Thank you so much for commenting and for visiting my new blog!

Barb Sailor said...

Norena - I have been wanting to have tea with you for a long time!!! We are definitely going to make those arrangements soon!

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks, Susan...I only use this process for very detailed paintings like this one - usually I do as you do - I put in washes all over the entire painting and then develop specific areas. This particular process that I used for the tea kettle is necessary for me because the reflections on the pot were so detailed and if I had done it any other way I would have gotten completely confused about where I was, etc.

Barb Sailor said...

Lisa...I used burnt sienna, van dyke brown and sepia for the copper pot colors - and combinations of the three. The sepia is wonderful for shadows and darker areas and is beautiful mixed with the burnt sienna. I will look forward to seeing your copper pot painting:)

Barb Sailor said...

Mocking Bird...Thanks so much for your positive comments and for visiting my blog!

ashkelon said...

This is a stunning picture, the copper is so real. Wow, I wonder how long it took to paint, from start to finish, not including the breaks?

Barb Sailor said...

Nicole...Thanks for the compliment! This painting took about 4 hours I would estimate!