"On The Vine" was a fun painting to do. I first textured the canvas with thick gesso, using a wide brush to get various levels. Then I used burnt sienna as an underpainting. Next came the stock and leaves, then the ground. Keeping the shadows dark in the upper portion of the painting helps to draw your eye back into the depth of the vine. Working from back to front, I started on the grapes. Keeping in mind the colors and composition. After the grapes were in I added more texture to the vine, giving it a more gnarly look.
The original oil painting is 12x16 and hangs in a private collection in Northern California.
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January 8th, 2009
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