After some coaxing and the opportunity to view a set of videos made by Mollie Jones during a gathering of Painting Friends , I decided to make the attempt. This would also give me the opportunity to learn to loosen up a little and still achieve detail.
The painting demo is of a beautiful crystal bowl, with strawberries....now I am doing glass and reds. I started with the strawberries. At this point I was more afraid of the amount of red paint then I was about creating detail in the crystal. But once the brushes were wet and the paint was on the paper, the fears were aside. Now I was more interested in technique. How much did I remember?
When the painting was finish, and it actually looked like crystal, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed painting crystal and how much I had learned. I also wanted to paint another one. I pulled out some of my "crystal", bought some strawberries, created and photographed several setups, and chose my favorites. I painted 2 more, and have plans for another in the near future.
Now whenever I see interesting piece of crystal or cut glass, I now find myself thinking of what I could put in it or with it to photograph and paint.!! You're right Mollie, I'm hooked!!!