View Full Version : Grapes in the sun - WIP

01-30-2007, 09:43 PM
Yep - grapes are fun - I came across both the recent grape references while looking for inspiration with the different strokes challenge for this month- This painting is based on a reference photo from Jenny on flickr who has given me permission to use it.
There are still lots to be done on this - the backbones are in place, will be adding glzes next

01-30-2007, 10:09 PM
Yummy.....Plump and full of juice already.

01-30-2007, 10:10 PM
This is gorgeous!!

01-31-2007, 12:31 AM
Yep, nice and juicy! Beautiful colors on the grapes.

01-31-2007, 01:30 AM
So juicy, WBB for the updates :thumbsup:

01-31-2007, 01:44 AM
Thanks guy for looking - am taking quite a bit of artistic licence with this one - any suggestions will be really appreciated!!!

01-31-2007, 09:19 AM
Like the backlighting and hanging out til your next update. :D

Leslie Pz
01-31-2007, 10:28 AM
These really sing! I think they have such a unique look that is just fabulous!

01-31-2007, 02:07 PM
Ohhhh I love this one Ruth.:clap: There is a heap of luminosity showing already. You've got the fabuolous light worked out already you clever clogs. :thumbsup:
You know how I love grapes and would love to get my hands on this ref. I tried looking for it in flickr but there are too many jenny's listed and the pc too slow loading their photos. I gave up. :(

Looking forward to seeing the finish as always. :wave:

01-31-2007, 02:39 PM
Hi amazing one - will post the photo in a min - here's an update in the meantime...

01-31-2007, 02:49 PM
This is the ref I'm using as a basis
Thanks Ann and Leslie - I was quite taken with the backlighting allowing the translucency of the grapes to show and have played it up as much as pos ...
Tha grape leaves lacked interest so have borrowed some shapes from another photo and tried to use the same lighting on them as the original ref - plus added a bit of vermilion to link together. Have managed to sneak in my new fav turquoise in for sky reflections - may not come through - but it's there in the lighter bits of the grapes!!!:lol:

01-31-2007, 02:59 PM
Dratts - looking at the second leaf - looks like it will need reworking to fit in - thre should be a shadow somewhere that's not there - any suggestions???

01-31-2007, 03:31 PM
yummy! Love what you are doing with this. Our grapes look like they are going to yield a good crop this year - you can come and take ref pics Ruth:lol:

01-31-2007, 03:55 PM
Thanks for the ref pic Ruth. It's fab.
Now observations are: you left out the vertical stalk to the leaf on the left. Also the little leave in the middle seems to be floating with nothing connecting it to anything. Perhaps another stalk leading to it or something. Not sure.

Be careful not to lose the 'light' as you progress. So far it's looking fantabulous!!!!!!!!!

01-31-2007, 04:04 PM
Thanks - Elaine -I left out the stalk 'cos I didn't like it, lol - have a stalk coming in from the right on the floating one - needs more definition / light to see it - and think I want to make that other leaf come from the right but have painted it leaning to the left so may change the veins and see if that will 'bring it over'!!!

01-31-2007, 04:05 PM
Yum - I'm sure those grapes will need tasting too, to help the creative process you know, Lulu!!!

01-31-2007, 05:40 PM
The colors of the glows/light reflections in the grapes are beautiful and magical. It gives me the feeling of a full moon illuminating the grapes - not sunlight. I guess because of the background color and I think that's part of the magical look. There's no question that the grapes are superbly handled.

I kinda like the heavy stem diagonally positioned in the foreground of the ref photo -- it seems to add a reference point and depth to the scene. I also like all the leaves being larger and cropped and less distinct. That might keep the eye focused more on those glorious grapes. Strictly my opinion though -- so you can sure chuck it out the window!!!!

01-31-2007, 06:08 PM
Thanks Celeste - I've added a few stems to the grape leaves - see if this is looking better????

01-31-2007, 06:25 PM
The grapes are wonderful. They are luminous and ready to pick.


01-31-2007, 08:06 PM
ooh, yes Ruth. And it looks like a sunny day now! You sure are good.

01-31-2007, 08:45 PM
Thanks Celeste and Cammi - a few details to sort out to tie it together - think the sunspot on the right hand side of the grapes (which is really reflected medium in the photo) is distracting - so will tone it down some more.
Thanks for holding my hand!!!

01-31-2007, 11:14 PM
Wow I love the way they glow in the light...gorgeous job on this one!

02-01-2007, 05:01 AM
MMMMMMMMmmmmmmmm....... looking nice and plump :thumbsup:

02-01-2007, 02:02 PM
Gosh I just wanna reach in there and snatch one!! AWESOME glow Ruth. :clap: :clap: :clap:

I'm getting worried about you. Think I'm gonna shove you back in your box and throw away your brushes. :evil: :smug:

02-01-2007, 02:10 PM
Oh Elaine - you are too kind- I'm feeling sort of deflated - like trying to reach and not quite getting there - I think I would so like some-one to be actually critiquing the technical details to just move it up another notch.......:) :rolleyes:
Thanks Debs and Robeert

02-01-2007, 02:37 PM
Actually Ruth there isn't much in the way of critque to offer here. You need to start getting used to the fact that you are a TALENTED artist and now and then you are going to pull off something that DOESN'T need notching up.

But just to appease your appetite for up-notching maybe you could round off those bottom two grapes a little more. Or NOT!

02-01-2007, 03:00 PM
Thanks Elaine - it does help to have a concrete task -an "I can do that" job - I'm trying to get into classes at art station with Matthew Browne - one of my neighbours is an excellent oil painter (contemporary landscapes - Carolyn Carter) and she has recommended him. I feel at the stage where I want to be maybe learning more..... anyway hopefully in term two there will be a gap available.

02-01-2007, 03:01 PM
Or..... you could shift the color to perhaps more purple?????? :eek:
Or NOT :lol:

02-01-2007, 04:36 PM
I think the lighted quality of this painting is the best aspect.

02-01-2007, 09:27 PM
I've spent time doing finishing touches - rounding up the grapes - but not too excessively - adding contrast etc -
I am much happier now - thanks Elaine, Robert and Celeste - needed some hand holding to get to the end - hoping this is finished!

02-01-2007, 10:32 PM
I like the depth you achieved within the cluster. That is very nicely done. You have a nice sense of light in this one.

02-01-2007, 11:12 PM
I'm inspired, you have def captured the backlighting perfectly on both grapes & leaves & I'd say it is finished with flair :) (I was to scared to attempt grapes in last months 'brush strokes' !!!!) - really wonderful !!

02-02-2007, 02:25 AM
You have to be pleased with this Ruth. The finishing touches have given it added depth and enhance the back lighting beautifully.

02-02-2007, 02:54 AM
Thanks Elaine - I am more pleased - managed to tidy it up so looks good close up as well - it was the rough edges that were depressing me.
Thanks Taz and Ann - getting the light is the biggest challenge!!!

02-02-2007, 09:03 AM

02-03-2007, 01:52 AM
Beautiful painting. The backlighting looks wonderful.

02-04-2007, 12:53 PM
Beautiful! Love to paint the grapes too:)


02-04-2007, 06:44 PM
Thanks Brian, Robert , for looking in again!!!! Looking forward to seeing your grape painting Julia!
I've done a few changes - mainly to balance the left and right sides of the painting.

02-04-2007, 07:53 PM
ooo, I like the light leaf very much!

02-04-2007, 11:17 PM
Just looks better and better, and I thought you were done a few back lol.

Lady Carol
02-04-2007, 11:40 PM
Looking good. I like the way you are telling us your thoughts. Helps us learn about your approach to this painting.

02-05-2007, 12:22 AM
and I thought you were done a few back lol.
So did I, Debs, but I didn't hear 'the fat lady sing":lol: :lol:
Hi Carol :wave: - this has caused me a fair bit of 'ermmm - not quite right yet - why??'
Thanks for all the love, Celeste - you're a top woman:lol:

02-05-2007, 01:27 AM
absolutely superb Ruth! Sign it!!!

02-05-2007, 02:08 AM
Yep - dig that Siggy and move on..... to another bunch, it ye need it so:lol:

02-08-2007, 01:22 AM
So did I, Debs, but I didn't hear 'the fat lady sing":lol: :lol:

LOL :lol: :lol: Well I really like the outcome! :)

02-08-2007, 01:08 PM
Very nice, perfect colours and lighting. A breath of fresh air

02-09-2007, 06:46 AM
I almost missed this one......AWESOME painting, Ruth!!!! :thumbsup:

02-09-2007, 07:31 AM
I could never be so patient as to paint grapes !!!!!

02-09-2007, 07:33 AM
Ruth, this is perfection!

02-09-2007, 06:34 PM
Thanks so much for commenting :wave: - Serena, Tracey, garnier,and freisin
It's done now and will get signed, Robert and Lulu -:lol: :p
It needed that touch of rust in the leaves pumped up as well as upping the light direction to make it sing - Debs:)

03-10-2007, 04:15 AM
Ruth, This is my first post, I've been wandering around for weeks and tonight your grapes cought my eye. Nicely done. I haaven't been painting for a few years, so I'm spending some time lurking and gathering inspiration.....thank you for yours!

03-10-2007, 05:27 AM
Shiela- Welcome to wc- hope to see some of your work soon = it was a surprise to see this pop up again - and realize I haven't painted for six weeks ---- you are the one who will inspire me to do some again!

03-10-2007, 08:15 AM
Sheila - Welcome to the acrylics forum! You definitely stumbled on an inspiring artist! Ruth has inspired me too. I've really been missing her paintings. Suggestion: click on her screen name: rmc and follow the "find all threads started by rmc" to see more of her fabulous work. You'll not regret it.