Painting on glass means painting 'in reverse' because the end result is intended to be seen from the outside while it is painted on the inside. So it is a bit of trick to plan the method...what goes on the surface first will be seen as the outer layer from the outside as opposed to the usual approach of painting from the bottom layer up on a typical surface.
Here is what the window looked like after the first treatment, with white laid on first from the inside.
|The highlights of the scene had to be painted el freso on the clear glass with the understanding that it would be the front, top color in the end result. Painting 'in reverse'.|
I also found that the painting looks very different depending on the time of day (ie: light conditions) and was even influenced by the objects outside such as parked cars. (The picture above is from the inside looking out.)
|The play of light through the clear glass panel dramatically affects the visual effect as much as the random items that can be seen through the glass interacting with the surface tension.|
|Outside the building looking into the darkness of the interior.|
|Detail of 'Zen Window' shows the simplified, graphic style of rendering that is reminiscent of Mattisse.|
|I asked the owners of "The Little Olive" Health Food Store -on Main Street in Watrous, SK- to take a snapshot of me posing in front of the finished painting from the inside to show the scale.|
This was a fun and interesting project. I enjoyed the experimental nature of the thing and was pleasantly surprised at how striking it looks in its new home overlooking Main Street in beautiful downtown Watrous!