Monday, 20 October 2014

Licorice Allsorts

Licorice Allsorts+Glass Bowl+Vibrant Acrylic on Canvas+Still Life+Nicola McLean
'Licorice Allsorts' - acrylic on 5x5 inch box canvas
What seems like a very long time ago now (nearly 2 months), I painted a small canvas of some jelly babies in a glass bowl and I was planning to do a bowl of licorice allsorts to accompany it. Pet portraits came along and took priority and the poor licorice allsorts canvas was left languishing with only the faintest of pencil sketches to show what it was going to be.

Anyway, I decided to get back to it after finishing Little Man's portrait and before starting Tibby's and so I started painting it on Wednesday afternoon and with a break where I came up with some new Christmas Cards designs on Saturday, I put the finishing touches to it today. These are a gift for my sister for spoiling me rotten during my visit to her in London in August but I'll give them to her when she comes to the Far North next month to dog and cat sit so S and I can get a weekend away together for our anniverary without the pitter patter of multiple paws!!

Licorice Allsorts+Jelly Babies+Glass bowl+Acrylic+Vibrant Colours+Nicola McLean
A sweet pair!
I enjoyed painting these as something a little bit different from my usual subject matter. I got to use some wonderfully vibrant colours and the reflections and distortions caused by the glass was similar to the effect a raindrop has and I do like painting them so this was equally challenging.  I suspect I'll be painting more sweets in between pet portraits and I've even bought some sherbet fruits individually wrapped in clear cellophane which will hopefully give some great reflections to paint (I've taken the precaution of photographing them in advance just in case they don't last long enough to paint from life!)

Licorice Allsorts+Glass Bowl+Vibrant Acrylic Painting+Nicola McLean

21 comments:

  1. The paintings are wonderful but as for licorice allsorts not a lolly I like at all.
    Merle..............

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  2. a perfectly delicious pair of paintings :)

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  3. These are so lovely Nic! But you know, things always look even better in odd numbers, which means you now need to paint a third! Like you, I have a sweet tooth, so I don't think I could possibly work from life if I were painting sweets. Especially Allsorts - My favourites! :0)

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  4. I clicked on your two links. Love that pup and I adore your Christmas cards. The reflection on the candy dishes are so beautifully done. It's something I've been wanting to tackle with colored pencil but you know I've been wanting to get into my acrylics again, so I'm just looking for time. That's the best gift for an artist...uninterrupted time. It's on my Christmas wish list every year but I never get it. ;) Happy Painting! PS - I'm heading to Ft. Myers this weekend for hockey games. I love the Coconut Point Mall and the Outlet Mall near the rink (within walking distance) and those are the only two reasons my daughter has decided to join us.

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  5. I am just in awe of these stunning paintings Nic! How you paint the glass is absolute perfection! Those licorice candies are so fun and colorful but I always hated that taste. Good for you to get a nice start with your Christmas cards too.

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  6. these are simply gorgeous... the painting of the glass is amazing... you and sandra have such an eye for it... I think you should do a series when you get time... I think it would be fun to see different lollies... I love those mint leaves that are dusted in sugar... they would be a lovely subject... love to you...xx
    PS... I know Frank Spenser all too well and like is indeed a bit scarily like that... the turkey is doing our heads in...he is sunning himself on the edge of the pool as I type and poor Mushu is hiding under the chair watching him... I am hoping the neighbours shockingly bad trumpet practice might clear him away ...

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  7. Gorgeous, inspiring and sweet work! Beautifully painted!

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  8. wow it looks so real. Happy PPF Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. I would like to take a few pieces from that sweeties ..they look so real..yummie!

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  10. Nic you have created such a pretty painting and I love the shimmery quality of the glass. Alas I am now craving Allsorts and they are hard to get here. The licorice in USA is a disgrace they even sell red licorice strings that have the consistency of wax. Sacrilege! Happy PPF

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  11. You are so skilful at painting through glass and the way you have painted the allsorts is tremendous. I used to like the coloured squares with the liquorice in the middle and I see you have painted a perfect one here. I also like the way you have presented your painting on the blue/turquoise canvas box frame,

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  12. How wonderful! I love the colors and the way the painting moves across the lid of that box. What a talented artist you are!

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  13. you have painted the glass so beautifully, it is so difficult to make it look transparent.

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  14. Allsorts, one of my favorites. And what a lovely painting you've made. It's so realistic, that glass jar could be a real one. Well done!

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  15. Oh my goodness these are amazing...I remember when you did the first one. I love licorice allsorts so this one really speaks to me!! This will be such a fun project I can't wait to see more!! Very universal too!! Love love love these paintings!! I can see prints and greeting cards with the caption " You're so Sweet" on the front!

    Hugs Giggles

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous paintingsof the sweeties!
    Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  17. Such beautiful work. I am always inspired to paint after I visit your blog.

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  18. Very nice! I have a coconut ice earring! You commented on the long eared sheep I showed - they are relatively new to me, too, only been seeing them at the Rhine for a few months. They look like long eared goats. Valerie

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  19. A perfect pair of sweet paintings! Wonderful detail! Happy PPF!

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