the journey of an artist

the journey of an artist

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Around the Studio ... Green Grapes on Crystal Plate


Green Grapes on Crystal Plate
oil on canvas
24 by 30 inches
work in progress

Today, I would like to show you a work that is unfinished and still wet on the easel. In a few days, I will probably smooth over a good part of the grapes, refine the crystal reflections, and add some depth into the deepest shadows.

The leaf pattern within this plate contains many bouncing reflections and colors, and also creates unusual shadows. In visual contrast with the floral design of the crystal are the round, solid shapes of the grapes.

The most engaging part of the painting process is trying to interpret, with paint, the sparkles and hues within the leaves. Here is a close-up of one section:

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