November 2, 2007

"Boston legal"

Oil on panel - 6" x 6"
I am continuing my quest for the perfect vice painting. The glass was particularly challenging. It came with a bottle of The Glenlivet and has a lovely crest on the bottom of the glass. The shape, I was soon to learn, is as difficult to convey visually as it is to drink from. An eight-sided rectangle is not a good vessel from which to imbibe spirits. Picture Scotty from the old Star Trek series drinking Saurian brandy from a square glass and you get the picture. I usually smoke cigars or a pipe while I am working so painting the billowing wisps of smoke was easy.

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