Reverse glass painting Dichtl
Ludwig is asleep. This sounds almost suspenseful, but it is only the beginning of the story that is tense. Because whenever the good little Ammertal child slips into the world of dreams, his mother reaches for the double zero. An extremely thin brush, with which she paints on the reverse side of glass, while the length of time her little boy sleeps for dictates the size of the image. Today, Christina Dichtl can take as much time as she likes in her sunny studio. And that’s exactly what she does. Between mosaic pictures, box cribs, canvases, maypole panels, lampshades and lots of glass, she plays around with paints and materials. With the old lake Soier See in view, without any water but still deep. This fits well with this down-to-earth woman, whose artistic richness needs no dazzling surface. It lives deep inside her and is manifested on a wide range of artisan levels.
You can’t make any corrections.
"I have been painting for over 40 years, I learned it from my father," she says about her creative roots. I trained as a wood sculptor and then studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. So the familiar oil paints have played about with many materials and she with many new techniques: Calligraphy, mosaic images, lino cuts, gilding, illusions and fresco painting. "And every time I had yet another drawer." The glass pull-out now holds more than 80 different butterfly motifs, 40 different bird species and numerous domestic plants. Because reverse glass painting is still a popular form, in particular due to its unique style. A topsy-turvy world, you might say. "You need a very good plan", explains Christine smiling. You not only paint the motif and any inscription as a mirror image, the sequence of work steps is also reversed. From "the light in one’s eye" to the contours in the foreground to the background. The finished images are stunningly lifelike and can be displayed, for example, in handmade wooden frames or kept in special matchboxes. Collectors love them too of course.
She also has to collect for the seven-meter-long mosaic she is putting together as a colourful metamorphosis for a competition. How long did your most detailed piece take? Three months. There is a lot to discover.
Inser Hoamat - a genuine piece of Zugspitz Region. Reverse glass painting by Christina Dichtl. Created and made here.