Each reverse glass painting in the St. Francis series is painted backwards, in reverse, with richly colored glass enamel paints. Gold and silver metallic highlight swirling stars, whiskers, leaves and more for a soft magical feel.
All of the paintings in this series are commissions with loved companions and animals. Regional flora and fauna are part of the paintings. They are personal custom mementos created especially for each client.
In this most recent painting Snuggles, Buggles, Mocha and Pepper are with St. Francis and friends in a magical forest on a starry night.
Snuggles is hanging out in the tree, Mocha is cuddled in St. Francis arms and kitty Buggles with Pepper are resting at St. Francis feet.
Squirrels, an owl, raccoon, deer, tiny bluebird, bright cardinal with nest, poppies and wild chickens are all part of the charm of this painting.
Below are progress photos, starting with the finished painting.
What a pleasure it is to paint these very personal portraits. St. Francis is an iconic figure who is also one of the original environmentalists!
|St. Francis in Fair Oaks, 11" x 14" reverse glass painting, SueBetanzos.com|
|St. Francis reverse glass painting. BACK side with one layer of sky painted in.|
|St. Francis reverse glass painting. FRONT side with one layer of sky painted in.|
|St. Francis reverse glass painting. FRONT side detail of Buggles and Pepper.|
|St. Francis reverse glass painting. BACK side detail. Second sky layer.|
|St. Francis reverse glass painting detail. BACK side. Second layer of leaves.|
|St. Francis reverse glass painting. FRONT side - Detail of Mocha.|
|St. Francis reverse glass painting. FRONT side in progress.|