Thursday, August 17, 2006

painting grapes in an oriental bowl

I love the bend in the grape vine. It reminds me of a crane, the bird found so often in oriental art.
Increasing the size to fill the canvas helps keep your attention focussed on the grapes.
Grapes in china
5"x7"
oil on canvas panel
SOLD

I don't know why, but it is so much fun to paint grapes. They have translucent and deep color. They catch highlights and reflective light. They are warm and cool and they have character as a cluster and as an individual grape.
I love painting my wife's little bowl with the oriental design. She may get a commission if this one sells.
Self critique time:
I like the composition. The picture has a story to tell and I didn't get in the way. By that I mean, I don't think I distract the viewer with my brush work, even though I wish I had a more fluid touch. I did manage to keep the shadows very thin this time (yeah!).

11 comments:

Louis Boileau said...

The grapes are translucent and juicy!

Anonymous said...

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Releia said...

I found your blog through another daily painter's blog. I love your style and I love that you are posting your process. Thank you.

"van Vliet" Art Blog said...

I love the crane metaphor in this painting. Great execution of the subject.

Jeff Hayes said...

It's lovely.

David said...

This one does have a nice light feel to it . . . beautiful composition, too.

muddy red shoes said...

The process pictures are facinating, I always forget until its too late. Thankyou for taking the time!

bdelpesco said...

Oh, I love this !!! The grapes, the bowl, and the "crane stem" - it's wonderful. And your sight&size set up is perfect! Bravo!

Lisa said...

Lovely work on the pattern on the bowl. The grapes look good enough to eat.

m collier said...

This image really caught my eye. I love the eye level perspective and the way the subject fills the space.

Shant said...

I love the way you show the steps... All artist's love to peek in and see how another artist and how they approache their work.


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