Sorrento Cafe

Have you ever painted on glass? The first layer is a ral pain but once you get past that it’s a fantastic surface. Very smooth letting you get really fine detail. The brush glides along very pleasantly.

Here I have decided to paint a cafe on two separate pains of glass. This is a quick base layer to get some color and something stuck to the glass so I can actually paint. If you notice all the leaking, that’s pretty much how it goes on the first layer because there’s nothing to hold onto.

Once the first layer dries you can start to get some definition. Here I added some yellow and green to make the stucco.

Here I have done the bricks using a square brush and make short strokes. I also took the time to retouch the ground, and though you can’t really see the chairs, their texture is still there letting me redraw them exactly.

This one shows how 5 minutes and a few dark lines can completely transform your painting; I also did a few highlights in the dark areas.

Let’s get those chairs back. I redid the bushes and added the table tops. A bit of touch ups on the bowed grill over the window also.

Unfortunately I lost my picture of the first step of the well, but it was really just a beige wash in the shape of the well. You really can’t get anything done until you get a base of dry paint to adhere to. This mean I also had to get something for the chairs done, we can still see their first layer here. Once again, like with the bricks I dragged a square brush around to make the bricks.

A few light lines to make the grout, but let’s be realistic, most of it eroded; let’s use dark lines.

A few shades in the roof gives some good definition, and a second coat for the chairs get’s that done.

I haven’t spoken to the perspective the two panes creates. I mounted them in a frame a few milimeters apart making the foreground hover as the viewer moves. Here, from the far left we can make out a door on the left of the left colum of the well, and nothing behind the right.

Now looking from the far right we can see a window behind the right column of the well and nothing behind the left.

Here’ is a nice closeup showing how the front pane even castes a shadow.

And another nice closeup of the well.

Here is the final piece in the standard view.

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