Reflections in Metal

Reflections in Metal | 6” x 8” | Oil on Canvas Board

This composition is part of my foray into painting highly reflective Airstreams. The challenge is a little different than still life setups involving reflective metals such as cocktail shakers or glassware, but the composition principles seem to be the same. It’s also tricky to do on a smaller scale because it’s hard to differentiate the whacky contours of the reflections in such a compacted space. It will be interesting to see if future compositions will prove easier on larger canvases. 

The other appeal of this subject matter is the details of the Airstream construction itself – symmetrical curved lines, detailed riveting, and windows of various sizes and shapes. I also like how bright sunlight can impact these types of compositions, but more on that in future paintings.

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5 thoughts on “Reflections in Metal

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    • Thank you! The colors were not adjusted or tweaked for the reflected metal, but the parts that give it the most metal “feel” (in my opinion) are the bright sky elements. For the sky reflection I used Pthalo Blue, random mix of orange, and a lot of titanium white. The darker blues had some ultramarine blue, too.


    • Thank you so much, Melanie! The inspiration and/or challenges for some pieces can be really random, but I’m glad you like the random neural discharge.


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