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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.

Here's a close up so you can see how loose it actually is.

05-27-2009, 11:49 AM

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

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

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:

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

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

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

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.

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

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


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

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

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!

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

Looks like you overcame all of your problems.

Just beautiful.

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

Georgi :cat:

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

Georgi :cat:

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!!!


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!

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

05-28-2009, 09:06 AM

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

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.

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


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

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

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.

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:

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.

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!

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


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

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.

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:

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

Are there any specific areas you want to see Margaret?

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.

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.

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

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

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

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!


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!

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

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

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.

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



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


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.

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?

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 !!

06-16-2009, 11:52 AM

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.


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

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:

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


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

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.

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

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


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

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.

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 .

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!

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

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!

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.

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

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!

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.

Here's a close up so you can see how loose it actually is.
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.

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:

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

05-19-2011, 03:37 PM

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.

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.

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

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

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:

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

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

I just try to paint what I see.