This is a little half pint pewter tankard belonging to my husband. I'm not sure that he's ever used it, but it's a pretty thing, and I thought it would complement the wine paintings. I was going to include a beer bottle but the only one I could find would have dwarfed the tankard. Instead, I selected a few coloured bottles from where they were gathering dust on the windowsill, and used them to create a colourful "rainbow" of reflections on the metal:
The bottles have been excluded from the painting deliberately. I didn't want to clutter up the canvas (which is rather small), and I wanted the painting itself to have a hint of magic or mystery about it. Which I have just destroyed with the above photograph.
... and here is yesterday's painting (it's been a busy week for painting). I promised myself that I woud revisit this subject after deciding that the support I originally selected was a bit too small. Having got a little more confident about the idea of working from a photograph - and deviating from it - I decided to work on canvas this time.
There was more room to work on the fiddly bits - like the lighthouse - and to play (the waves were rather fun to do). I think it's a little less gloomy than the first version. Which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your perspective.
I've been thinking about doing this still life for a while - but you can't just open a bottle of wine any old day. I decided that a Friday would be good. Obviously, this glass has been consumed, but you can guess what we're drinking this evening, can't you?
Oil on board, 12 x 10"
The board is a commercially prepared canvas board.