Friday, March 19, 2010

"Grapes 3"

"Grapes 3"
8 x 10 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
I started with a dry brush with no mediums, I do all these small painting with no mediums.
Then I stated the darks, trying to see the value of the painting first.
Then I put the dead coloring of the grapes to mesh in with the darks and make the form turn.
I then put the dead coloring of the background and the base, not worrying about taking the painting to perfection in these early stages you just want to put the colors in their correct placements.
I then went back into the grapes and started work with the edges and also put more of the smaller information which gives each of the grapes their own character.  After I did that I went in and filled in the blacks, it really brought the painting together.  I usually do not wait this long to state the real darks but I knew if I did in the beginning the paint would of started to sink in.
This is the finished painting, I went into each grapes and played with lights and darks.  I also meshed the background with the foreground bringing that relationship closer.  This is the last grape painting for me, it was fun to do these serious of paintings, but I need a break from these guys they are pretty hard to paint in such a short period of time.  I have learned a lot from them and probably will paint them soon.  For now I hope you enjoyed these!


Lokelani Forrest said...

I really do like this piece, Jonathan. The fact that you also show us the process, I think I may try to do a little fruit/veggie still life. Thanks.

billspaintingmn said...

My mouth is watering! Does it help to be hungry
for grapes when you paint them?!(ha)
Seriously, there are three or four grapes in this painting I just want to pick and eat!
Very good Jonathan! Thanks for posting this!

Judy P. said...

This was a successful series of grape paintings, Jonathan- thanks for the orderly, helpful ino!

ronit abigail said...

beautiful done, thank you for sharing

Shelley Ross said...

I'm new to your blog - stumbled on it while out on a Sunday drive around the world wide web. It is great to see the shots of your work in progress. Thank you for sharing that. Beautiful paintings.

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