What Is A Reverse Painting?
Welcome to the world of Reverse Painting on Glass. Reverse
painting on glass has been considered a popular 'art of the
people' for many centuries. The use of glass as a support
for this intricate painting technique has not hindered its
A reverse painting is created by painting a subject onto
one side of a sheet of glass (or Plexiglas) after which it is
viewed from the other side of the glass, or through the
Contrary to painting on a canvas or similar support this
technique requires an artist to paint in reverse, or 'back to
When an artwork is created on a support such as canvas or wood
panel, it is painted from the same angle and direction that
it will ultimately be viewed from on completion. However,
in the case of a reverse painting the painting side and the
viewing side of the artwork are opposed to one
Similarly, an artwork that is created on a canvas usually
begins with a rough outline and gradually builds towards its
completion and finishing touches. In a reverse painting
this procedure begins where it would normally end and finishing
touches such as finer details and the artist's signature are
usually applied first and the background applications of color
are added later, hence the use of the term 'reverse
The effect that glass can give to a reverse painting can make
it a very beautiful object. Some artists use thick glass in order
to give more depth to their work.
For those who see a reverse painting on glass for the very
first time it can take a little while to realize that the subject
has been painted on the surface of the glass itself.
Extract from website "A guide to reverse painting on glass" at http://www.reversepaintings.com.
Copyright Mayanne Mackay 2005
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