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LavenderFrost
05-27-2009, 11:42 AM
Maybe you have seen this reference in the RIL. I couldn't resist it, though the bowl scared me. I almost changed my mind about doing it. But as I was looking at the bowl I realized that since it is so confusing to look at, I can't really go wrong. :D

The grapes also gave me some trouble because the paint just didn't want to stick that day.

11x14" on hardboard
C&C welcome.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-May-2009/104871-FruitandCrystal471x600.jpg

Here's a close up so you can see how loose it actually is.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-May-2009/104871-FruitandCrystalcrop.jpg

sk91128
05-27-2009, 11:49 AM
awesome

buddingartist
05-27-2009, 12:46 PM
WOW, gorgeous.

susme48
05-27-2009, 01:15 PM
Michelle...what can I say....WOW!!!! Unbelievable wonderful!!!

gaykir
05-27-2009, 01:19 PM
Michelle!! This is absolutely gorgeous, The grapes and orange are especially well done not to mention the crystal! At first I thought it was the reference photo! Bravo to you!

Charlie's Mum
05-27-2009, 01:34 PM
My goodness Michelle - I thought it was the ref too!
Awesome work on fruit and bowl - and like the softening of the edges in places too - really good.

If you want to make it absolutely spot-on my only (tiny) nit-pick is the elipse of the wine in the glass - the lower edge need to be curved down a little more (closer to the curve of the rim).

The rest is incredible!

:clap: :clap: :clap:

~~Kathleen
05-27-2009, 01:55 PM
WOW WOW WOW!
This is absolutely wonderful Michelle.
The grapes are just fabulous.
Well so is everything else.
I am totally aghast!
~~Kathleen

Kathrin G.
05-27-2009, 01:59 PM
absolutely incredible :clap: :clap: :clap:
looks so real, so touchable :clap:

Mz_Sketch_Pad
05-27-2009, 03:22 PM
this is the best TIGHT -LOOSE painting i've seen in a while
:lol: lovely!

nithya_swamy
05-27-2009, 04:43 PM
Spectacular Michelle. Flawless!

Lady Carol
05-27-2009, 05:03 PM
Really really well done. Just remember when you see something that scares the living paint out of your tube... :D...it is only colour.

chammi kaiser
05-27-2009, 06:25 PM
Michelle. Really brave of you to take on that cut glass. You really made a success of it. It is a beautiful painting.

Ozone
05-27-2009, 06:29 PM
Hi Michelle,

Absolutely spectacular. More than skill involved in this piece, purified excellence.:music:

Ozone:)

MRSBB
05-27-2009, 06:46 PM
Holy cow Michelle, those grapes look just like they came right out of the produce department, they could not be better. Your cut glass is excellent. I think Maureen is right about the ellipse and it is just a personal thing, but I would like a little more yellow in the pears. Very smashing painting........Lenore

PattiLou
05-27-2009, 06:50 PM
Incrediible and wonderful! You do such a great job on these.:thumbsup:

PainterDeb
05-27-2009, 07:03 PM
Wow!! Ditto all of the compliments above! The grapes look incredible!

Li'l Brown
05-27-2009, 07:39 PM
Let me pick up my jaw off the floor... there we go. Can I just say WOW!!! Honestly this is just ... geez I can't even think of a superlative that does your talent justice Michelle. I think the Brits' "gob-smacked" describes how I feel quite nicely though!

bairam
05-27-2009, 09:22 PM
Wow! wow! Wow!

Looks like you overcame all of your problems.

Just beautiful.

Georgi
05-27-2009, 09:42 PM
Unbelievable work! Wow! This is wonderful! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Cheers,
Georgi :cat:

Georgi
05-27-2009, 09:46 PM
I'd be very remiss if I didn't add....absolutely stunning!!!

Cheers,
Georgi :cat:

noodle1
05-27-2009, 09:53 PM
Michelle it's breathtaking, I thought it was the reference too. What a marvelous job you did on the crystal, applause, applause and those grapes, all just stunningly done!!!

Elaine

dances_with_oils
05-28-2009, 01:33 AM
Michelle, you've done such a great job on both the glass and the fruit. I have to say , if you had never mentioned that you had a concern over painting glass, I would have thought you'd been doing it for years. Excellent job!

Lulu
05-28-2009, 03:03 AM
another wow from me too! Incredible work!

arl
05-28-2009, 09:06 AM
wonderful.

Linee
05-28-2009, 11:01 AM
What a joy to look at! Those grapes are to die for!

LavenderFrost
05-28-2009, 11:20 AM
sk91128, buddingartist, Susan, Gayle, Kathleen, Kathrin, Nithya, Chammi, Ozone, Patti, Deb, Jesslyn, Maria, Georgi (twice!), Elaine, Dances with oils, Lulu, Arlene, Linda... wow, thank you all for the nice compliments! You're really going to make my head swell. :lol:

Maureen, thanks. I may have lost those curves in the painting process. I'm planning to keep the original and offer prints for sale, maybe I'll just see about fixing it digitally so that I don't have to go through the process of scanning in two pieces and joining again. I just could not get a good photo and had to scan.

Mz, thanks. Tight-loose is a good way to describe my style. :D

Carol, thanks, and that's a good way of wording it. :lol:

Lenore, thank you. The pears are an unusual colour in the photo, but I just went with it.

snowfall
05-28-2009, 11:40 AM
This is wonderful - very well done.

Pam

scottsart
05-28-2009, 02:09 PM
This is fantastic, it has some tremendous photo realistic qualities to it!

Excellent work!!!

Soul Expressions
05-28-2009, 02:25 PM
Wow, that it truly amazing! Excelent job on the fruit and specially the bowl. I love it! You might want to consider a little shadowing under the bowl to ground it a little more, it might be floating just a bit. Maybe it is just me. Regardless you really did an excellent job. Lucy

Li'l Brown
05-28-2009, 02:41 PM
I think you should do a WIP one of these times so you can show us how you work. Just a thought! (have you done any before?) :D

AndyMcC
05-28-2009, 03:37 PM
Wow, amazing painting, I really like the orange :)

bertschikon
05-28-2009, 04:23 PM
Michelle, I can hardly believe that only a month ago you described yourself as a sloppy painter. Well, there is nothing sloppy about this! It is a beautiful painting and while it is all superbly rendered I would single out the cut glass and the grapes as being particularly fine. I agree with Maureen about the ellipse in the wine glass but this is a minor detail which hardly detracts from the whole. I hope that you sell lots and lots of prints.

lilbelle
05-28-2009, 10:33 PM
Wow Michelle, the grapes are absolutely amazing and the crystal is stunning! They look so real, fabulous work!! :clap: :clap:

lifepath45
05-28-2009, 10:44 PM
Hi Michelle,
Can you give us the reference photo from the RIL or at least link us to it. You have inspired me!
Linda F.
Calgary

rmc
05-28-2009, 11:07 PM
Awesome work Michelle!!!
this is beautifully done...my favorite part is the attention to detail to the grapes but i love it all!

Alison2
05-29-2009, 05:07 AM
Fabulous! Thank you for sharing!

Alison:wave:

TxAggieDarlin
05-29-2009, 09:53 AM
You did a fantastic job on this...congratulations :)

LavenderFrost
05-29-2009, 11:46 AM
Pam, Scott, Andy, Lillian, Ruth, Alison, Tx... thanks for the comments. :D

Lucy, you're right, the bowl could use a bit of shadow at the base. Thanks.

Jesslyn, aside from tree paintings in the classroom, I think the only other wip I did was my squirrel painting. I think the thing that deters me from doing a wip is getting the photos along the way, lol.

Thank you Doug, but I still think I'm sloppy, lol. It's just the miracle of the brain that puts that mess together into an image in our minds. :D

Linda F, glad to have inspired you. Here's the link to the reference.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=13251

Scattykat
06-11-2009, 07:34 PM
oh wow, that is very fabulous...

Margaret 59
06-11-2009, 09:12 PM
Wow from me too! I wouldn't mind a few more close ups to see how you got it to look like the ref. Lavender. Missed this when I was on holiday. :thumbsup:

LavenderFrost
06-12-2009, 12:44 PM
Thank you Scattykat and Margaret!

Are there any specific areas you want to see Margaret?

nurciuoli
06-12-2009, 08:21 PM
I can't believe I didn't comment on this one already. I can only add my "WOW" to the group. Wonderful, wonderful work.

RPut
06-12-2009, 08:38 PM
Wow! Stunning and Amazing! I too thought it was the ref at first. Incredible work on the glass and my favorite is the orange.

boanne
06-12-2009, 08:46 PM
the bowl is awesome

cadub
06-12-2009, 09:40 PM
Yup - nothing short of amazing!!!

tonyjazz
06-13-2009, 01:06 AM
Michelle ! As they say in spanish " Tremendo ".....wow......masterfully done!

mroy27
06-13-2009, 01:27 PM
I once tried grapes..first in acrylic, it didnot work, so went to oil and even now it looks more like oilves than grapes. I am in absolute awe, how you did these grapes!

Manju

skyeagle
06-13-2009, 06:33 PM
Wow! I thought the first was the reference until I read someone else's comment that they thought....
Wonderful job. I love realism, and you sure got it!

kennychaffin
06-13-2009, 10:16 PM
WOW. Excellent!

Andun
06-14-2009, 06:26 AM
That is the most beautiful job I have seen done on a still life in such a long,long time Michelle:) You are awesome!!!

John A. Roof
06-14-2009, 10:11 AM
well done tcj

LavenderFrost
06-14-2009, 03:18 PM
Nancie, Ruth, Boanne, Cadub, Tony, Manju, Skyeagle, Kenny, Anthony, John... thank you all very much!

I think the secret to grapes is in the dusting. Without it, they just look stupid, lol. Just a tiny bit of light blue gently rubbed on completes them.

LavenderFrost
06-14-2009, 04:33 PM
A couple more close ups of my messy details. :p

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jun-2009/104871-FruitandCrystalcrop2.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jun-2009/104871-FruitandCrystalcrop3.jpg

Alison2
06-14-2009, 04:40 PM
Fabulous close ups - what a talent you have! :clap: :clap:

Alison:wave:

kennychaffin
06-14-2009, 05:05 PM
Hey Michelle, do you have the link to the reference in the RIL? Just curious and might want to give it a shot myself.

LavenderFrost
06-15-2009, 11:19 AM
Thanks Alison!

The ref is here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=13251) Kenny. If you search around, there are more similar photos with slightly different arrangements as well. Which medium are you thinking of using?

kennychaffin
06-15-2009, 11:33 AM
Thanks Alison!

The ref is here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=13251) Kenny. If you search around, there are more similar photos with slightly different arrangements as well. Which medium are you thinking of using?

Thanks for that. I was thinking of doing something digitally, but not sure at this point the particulars or even if I'll get to it. :) Very nice still life reference though so wanted to at least bookmark it as a possibility.

Keep up the great work!

Allan Barbeau
06-16-2009, 06:34 AM
o_O !! I'm speechless
I have some fruit and vegetable to paint for a costumer .... it's gonna be hard to think that I will not paint as good as that !!

mroy27
06-16-2009, 11:52 AM
Michelle,

I am really inspired by this painting of yours and is going to attempt a crystal bowl of grapes when I finish my latest work that is in progress. Would you mind sharing your color palette that you used for the crystal and the grapes.
I would really appreciate it.

Thanks,
Manju

online art
06-16-2009, 12:08 PM
Brilliant use of soft and hard edges :)

LavenderFrost
06-16-2009, 01:11 PM
Thank you Allan! I'm sure you will do a great job!

Manju, I was using some premixed Folkart colours, so I probably have different colours than you. It's also hard to remember now. :rolleyes: But basically, I think it was a dark purple, burgundy, and a mix of the two, and some yellow on some of them, and then a light rubbing of light blue on top and a little white on the shiny spots. The crystal depends on what is being reflected. I mostly used light blue and light purple, and some orange, and then some white. I don't know if that helps any.

Thanks Jason. I took at look at your work. Wow!

Margaret 59
06-16-2009, 09:27 PM
Lavender, I'm still fascinated with this one and would like to see details of all of it, just to learn if I can, how you've managed to paint it so beautifully.
If you divide it roughly into quarters and take a photo of each, I'd appreciate it very much thank you.:angel:

mroy27
06-18-2009, 12:25 PM
Thanks Michelle. It definitely helps.

Manju

Chrisp47
06-18-2009, 03:47 PM
Fantastic, I too first thought it was the reference photo.:thumbsup:
Chris

LavenderFrost
06-18-2009, 04:01 PM
Margaret, I don't think I'm comfortable with posting that much detail online. Of course I know dishonest people will steal a poor image too, but I don't need to make it easy for them. I hope what I have posted already is enough.

You're welcome Manju.

Thanks Chris!

Margaret 59
06-18-2009, 11:08 PM
Fair enough. I wasn't thinking along those lines.

ArtsyPatrice
02-20-2010, 12:59 AM
Absolutely exquisite! This is making me crave some of those juicy grapes! Wonderful painting...:clap:

old_hobbyist
02-20-2010, 12:29 PM
Great still life. Re: C^C. Pls review the pic below. phoenix

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2010/214919-still_life_critique-2crop2.jpg

Taddybigs
02-20-2010, 12:29 PM
Wow! This is absolutely beautifully done! You are so talented! :) Nancy

LavenderFrost
02-20-2010, 12:55 PM
Thank you Patrice, Phoenix, and Nancy. Yes I know the ellipses are odd, but that's the way they looked in the photo. I figured it was distortion from the glass.

VENKAT
02-20-2010, 01:10 PM
You have achieved the impossible in Acrylics. One has to have infinite patience to get a final result like this. Sometime end up by asking ' why not do this in oil? ' I admire the coloring of grapes -so realistic. An inspiring work indeed .
Venkat

texana6
02-20-2010, 01:18 PM
Awesome! Should there be a shadow under the pear that is out of the bowl? Hmmm, it might be where your signature is. I am so impressed with the grapes and the glass!

Zena
02-20-2010, 03:33 PM
AWESOME!! Hugz,Jan

LavenderFrost
02-21-2010, 01:51 PM
Thank you Venkat, though I think you are exaggerating. :lol: Nothing is impossible if you just take the time. I did often wish I was painting it digitally though.

Thanks Linda! Yep, the shadow is there.

Thank you Jan!

Greysbeauty
08-17-2010, 11:02 AM
The bowl looks so real! It just pops out of the page. Very well done. You were able to capture the shadows well in the fruit.

LavenderFrost
08-17-2010, 12:05 PM
Thank you!

reikiart
08-17-2010, 12:32 PM
I think you did a wonderful job! I wish I could make glass look that way. I am doing the August Different Strokes, which is a wine glass, and mine looks rather silly. Great job!

Nilesh
08-17-2010, 03:52 PM
Maybe you have seen this reference in the RIL. I couldn't resist it, though the bowl scared me. I almost changed my mind about doing it. But as I was looking at the bowl I realized that since it is so confusing to look at, I can't really go wrong. :D

The grapes also gave me some trouble because the paint just didn't want to stick that day.

11x14" on hardboard
C&C welcome.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-May-2009/104871-FruitandCrystal471x600.jpg

Here's a close up so you can see how loose it actually is.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-May-2009/104871-FruitandCrystalcrop.jpg
Beautifully done. Thanks for sharing this.

Constructive C&C:

The ellipse inside the glass could use a rounder curve on the right. 'Pointed' ellipses are for some reason tempting for artists; but they are usually inaccurate. The front part of the ellipse, and the far left portion of the back part of the ellipse, don't quite look fully satisfying. In the reference photo, the glass is refracting the light quite a bit in some areas. The back part of the ellipse seems to dip down more in the painting, near where the bright line ends and becomes darker in value. If that same curve were extended in the photo, it looks right. Extending the curve in the painting doesn't quite work in the same way.

If you draw a line through the long axis of both of the ellipses, both in the painting and in the photo, and compare the angles of the lines, it might show something. Also, if you compare the shapes of the curves, above and below the axis line, for painting and for photograph, it might also reveal some aspects of what is going on here. Ellipses can be tricky to get just right.

The orange doesn't look 100% right to me. There is a similar problem in the photograph. The photo may not be quite true -- it looks a little compressed horizontally.

These are relatively small points, and are not glaring. The painting could easily be considered a success just as it is.

*Violet*
08-18-2010, 01:17 AM
i'm so glad this thread was refreshed as i must have missed this one when it was new .... i think this is a phenomenally awesome painting !!! ... jaw dropping good !!! ... i can't get over it !!! ... i think every fruit is perfect and the crystal exquisite .... awesome awesome awesome ... :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

LavenderFrost
08-18-2010, 12:03 PM
Thank you reikiart. Glass can be intimidating. You just have to try to paint what you see.

Thanks for the critique Nilesh.

Thank you very much Violet!

Shyann UK
08-18-2010, 03:07 PM
[OMG this is a painting? lol my jaw just dropped]it looks like a photogarph, I am so new to painting like 2 months since i picked up my first paint brush lol, but i so want to do it! this in just totaly incredible to me, awesome paints!:wave:

LavenderFrost
08-20-2010, 11:38 AM
Thanks Shyann! All you need to paint in this style is patience. :D

ecobb
08-20-2010, 12:02 PM
This is one to be proud of for sure. Very well done.

LavenderFrost
08-21-2010, 01:09 PM
Thank you ecobb.

ArtsyPatrice
08-22-2010, 01:25 PM
Gorgeous! I want to eat those juicy grapes!

LavenderFrost
08-23-2010, 01:30 PM
Thank you Patricia!

Zena
05-18-2011, 11:25 PM
AWESOME!! Looks just like a photo,Hugz!

barsha
05-19-2011, 12:54 AM
How nice you paint Michelle!! I adore. As if your painting (this one) made my day. :)

LavenderFrost
05-19-2011, 11:14 AM
Thank you Zena and Barsha!

Lenora, don't ask me about selling. Most of my paintings are sitting in a closet.

kennychaffin
05-19-2011, 12:02 PM
Thank you Zena and Barsha!

Lenora, don't ask me about selling. Most of my paintings are sitting in a closet.

Like mine. :D

jimmy4u
05-19-2011, 03:37 PM
Amazing!

everwind
05-19-2011, 07:50 PM
This is fantastic, I love the whole piece the fruit the bowl the comp, just brilliant work. Pat yourself on the back for this one.
Jackie

LavenderFrost
05-20-2011, 10:34 AM
Thank you Jim and Jackie.

Ms Nan
05-22-2011, 04:24 PM
So beautiful - I too thought it was the ref photo! Love Carol's comment about something scaring the paint right out of your tube! Great inspiration to say, what the heck it is worth a try.

LavenderFrost
05-25-2011, 11:02 AM
Thanks Nan!

Lorraine Paris
05-26-2011, 01:06 PM
Great work!

LavenderFrost
05-27-2011, 11:05 AM
Thank you Lorraine!

Helene LM
11-21-2011, 10:11 PM
wow that is so amazing how do you make paint look like glass like you did. I love the grapes too I had to go to the fridge after seeing this and have some grapes, yours were so realistic.:clap:

paznbaz
11-21-2011, 11:20 PM
Wonderful! This is why we come to see the skill of others

LavenderFrost
11-22-2011, 12:12 PM
Thanks you two!

I just try to paint what I see.