Monday, March 1, 2010

Mmmojito!

I had been admiring Kelley MacDonald's cocktail paintings when she threw out a challenge. I was never confident about painting glass or liquid but after studying her paintings I gave it a go.

I also wanted to try the black gesso that Carol Schiff recommended and Deano uses a lot of the time.

Of course I could have chosen an easier subject than a mint filled Mojito but it is what it is.







8x6 oil on RayMar panel






41 comments:

Anne Marie Propst said...

Sheila, this is just wonderful and amazing. Looks like you and I have had alcohol on our minds this week! LOL!

AutumnLeaves said...

I have never had a mojito, Sheila, but that sure looks yummy! So refreshing! You did awesome with the glass and the background is just perfect for showing that glass to its best advantage. I'm dreaming of southern plantations, fans, dreams and hammocks...

Lauren Maurer said...

Wow. wow. Really, Sheila, this is so cool looking. I feel refreshed, lol! You mastered the glass and the liquid!

Dana Cooper said...

You nailed this Sheila...you are fearless!

Lokelani Forrest said...

Sheila...you've done a wonderful job on this piece. I did one oil painting with a glass vase and had trouble with that. I love how you've handled the mint and ice in the glass. What makes up a Mojito?

Ann Gorbett said...

Mmmm. I want one of those! You did a terrific job with the glass and the black gesso helps to make it even more believable. Really nice.

Ellen said...

Excellent job, Sheila! I can almost taste it!

Starr said...

glass has always intimidated me... you nailed it!

Natasha said...

Wow, that is amazing.

Kathy said...

Yummy! is a great word to describe this painting. Nice work!!

artwork337 said...

glass is no easy trick, nicely done!!!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

LOVE it!

Cathyann said...

Cheers...great job!

Manon Doyle said...

Whoo hoo!! I'm so happy you girls are painting cocktails!! It looks delish!! We should all get together and have some real ones...lol!

dominique eichi said...

OK....... I'm coming over for drinks ! Fabulous ice cubes and liquid. Well done

suzanneberry said...

Your work is reflecting astounding growth with each new post! Bravo! Amazing job! We think glass is difficult, when all it is a series of values arranged in particular way. You portrayed it perfectly!

Hellenne said...

I feel like I can grab this glass right off the canvas and quench my thirst and more! Great job!

Celeste Bergin said...

Minty! It makes me want a cocktail!

James Parker said...

Very, very nifty, Sheila. Your glass technique works beautifully..and the mojito DOES look yummy!

-Don said...

Suddenly I feel thirsty...
Excellent job, Sheila!

-Don

Rob Hazzard said...

Glass can be difficult, but you did a nice job.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Sheila, You amaze me with the range of subject matter that you tackle. Great job of this, I really like the way the background fades to brown at the bottom. Hope you enjoyed the gesso.

Thanks for the link, and all you comments on my blog. To answer your question, the painting today is 11x14.

See you on the net!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I love the idea of the black gesso in a painting like this. My mouth is watering, girl, and it's 9:30 A.M.! Thanks for the video, too ;)

Mary Paquet said...

Absolutely delicious! Sheila, spot on with painting liquids with that special excitement that only you can impart to canvas (well, in this case, Mylar).

Carrie Griesemer said...

mmmmm.... wonderful job Sheila, one of my favorite drinks too!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Now this one is my favorit.
Cheers Sheila what a great job.
I dont drink but this looks goooooooooooooooood.

Rosemary said...

Bravo, Sheila! Well done - not an easy subject to paint!

Gwen Bell said...

Refreshing! Great job on the ice. Thanks for the video too.

Yikes! I'm late for the party. Better start deciding on a drink!

maria kovalenko leysens said...

this is really nice... the dark background, the light mint, ice, reflections... It all feels fresh and just right.

Lokelani Forrest said...

Sheila...I enjoy your blog and art so I've nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Now you have to go to my blog to get your award and instructions.

Anya said...

Fantasic creative
unique craftwork :-)

martinealison said...

Je voudrais bien trinquer avec toi Sheila! Je ne connais pas Mojito. Cependant un petit verre de rosé bien frais accompagné de tapenade, pas mal non plus! je t'invite!
Cependant j'adore la menthe. Elle court partout dans mon jardin. J'en compose des bouquets que je place à la dollhouse. Je devrais en mettre maintenant dans un verre... semblable à cette belle oeuvre. Bises

Edward Burton said...

Looks delicious, Sheila - one of my favorite drinks!

simoart said...

Sheila
Love your mojito,it is wonderful and I can taste it from here, keep up the good work.

Elizabeth Chapman said...

How refreshing!!..... the black gesso worked wonderfully. Beautiful painting! You are amazing!!

Marie Theron said...

It worked Sheila, and how thirsty I am on this hot hoit day in Cape Town!

Art with Liz said...

Delicious Sheila! And isn't black gesso wonderful..

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Love it and adding the video was genius :D

Gary Keimig said...

well you did a really marvelous job with the "black" gessoed panel. I really like it.

Kaylyn said...

I hope you can tell us sometime what happened to you in the last couple of weeks. You have made a quantum leap in your paintings!

Don't stop now!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I think you did a great job with the mojito. It reminds me of a Kelley Painting!