Monday, February 20, 2012

#0075 Sunrise Pier

Sunrise Pier
Reverse Acrylic on Glass
By Clare Dunn
Owner: Jean Montgomery


  1. LOVE the colours in this one! What does reverse acrylic mean? And if you hung this one a window, does the light shine through from outside?

  2. Let's see if I can explain...

    The background (sky and ocean) is a simple watercolor-- just some paint splashed on paper, and a distant shoreline and lighthouse. This is set aside.
    The foreground is painted with acrylics directly onto the glass, but it must be worked in "reverse" in order to see it. In this case, the lines in the dock, the roof tiles, and the grain on the building are painted first. When that is thoroughly dry, the shadowing is painted on top of that, and when THAT is completely dry, the background colors of the structure are painted on top of that. Boats and mast are painted the same way. The rest of the glass is left clear (note the window of the building --- you can see the watercolor show through because there is no paint there.
    When you look at the painting from the artist's view, only the very last color used is visible. But, when you look at it thru the glass, voila! A pretty painting!
    An added benefit is, you can clean the glass with Windex any time it gets dirty because the paint is on the inside between the glass and the watercolor, so it can't be harmed.
    I hope this is clear...usually I show how it's done, but TELLING how it's done is a little harder!!

    Glad you like...thanks for being so sweet!
    xoxoxo, cd

  3. BTW...the light doesn't show through on this painting because of the watercolor behind it. But if I were to do these without a "background painting", then yes, they could be used as 'suncatchers' I suppose!