Posts Tagged ‘grapes’

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Chianti and Cronies

April 25, 2018

Chianti and Cronies – Oil on Canvas – 24″ x 18″

I started with the idea of putting the Chianti bottle, glass of wine (or, in this case, Cranberry juice) and grapes together for a still life. It needed something more. A stronger vertical could be had with a candle. I had to dig through a few boxes of props to find this candlestick holder. It needed more. I played with the tablecloth to get this play of folds. I liked it and was ready to start when my wife intervened. Helen felt that the set up needed something on the left side. In came the small blue vase and flowers. Challenge after challenge to complete this work in time to deliver to a gallery for the start of their season.

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Thanksgiving 2014

November 29, 2014
Thanksgiving 2014; Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"

Thanksgiving 2014; Oil on Canvas 8″ x 10″

Happy Thanksgiving.

A few days earlier, I utilized grapes as a prop for my Still Life painters and my oil/acrylic painters. I liked the set up but, unfortunately, I was teaching and assisting students and therefore, unable to paint for myself.

Once home, I decided to use the grapes along with a small pumpkin to create a set up to serve as a Thanksgiving greeting to my mailing lists. Before I started, I had assumed that the leaves in the background would be the difficult part of this composition and had assumed that the grapes were among the least of my concerns. Boy, was I wrong. The leaves in the background did prove to be a challenge, but the grapes proved to be difficult..until I REALLY looked and observed them. After starting the grapes and then scraping them out a couple times and getting frustrated, I took a break and got myself a warm beverage. I sat in front of the display nursing my beverage while contemplating how to record this element. By the time I finished my beverage I had resolved the issue and was able to swiftly capture the grapes and finish the scene.

 

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Before and After

July 20, 2013
Before and After; Oil on Canvas 14" x 11"

Before and After; Oil on Canvas 14″ x 11″

Rain for the morning, predicted to be sunny by the afternoon. Let’s try one more work for the Raw and Cooked. I did not want to get in a rut and use all the baking items again. Liked the idea of the wine bottle and grapes. thought that this might be a stretch for acceptance, but I had to try.

Took me a little longer than perhaps it should have. I wrestled with the grapes and the wicker on the bottle. I waited until the end to actually poor the wine into the class. Thank goodness for oils as I had numerous adjustments to make due to changes which occurred. Still fun to paint.

Happy to report that this work is also accepted to the Raw & Cooked exhibition at The Next Picture Show August 2 – September 4.