glass is a fascinating thing to paint. It really forces you to ignore the object and concentrate only on the abstract shapes and colours. If you try to paint what you think you see then it all goes horribly wrong. Zooming in and putting a blog of yellow here, then a blue line there creates the exact glass structure you wanted when you step back. The same could be said of painting any subject I suppose but I notice it most on ‘difficult’ scenes. As I become more familiar with a subject (folded fabric for example) it becomes more natural to see and paint the blobs of colour but for unfamiliar things like glass I have to work hard to see those blobs. Painting like this reminds me of termites and how no single termite knows how to build a mound. Each insect just does their tiny piece, zoomed in, and the grand intricate structure emerges.