Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Red Grapes with Glass Bowl and Carved Wood Table

Red Grapes in Glass Bowl
5 in. X 7 in. (12.7 cm X 17.8 cm) acrylic on gessoed board
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This painting of grapes is one of the small paintings resulting from this study of Classical Realism. Surprisingly, I ended up using a very limited palette of colors. The colors I used were Naphthol Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Cerulean Blue Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Mars Black, and Titanium White.

The surface I paint on is very carefully prepared. For the small paintings, 1/8 inch Masonite® board is prepared with usually five coats of gesso with each coat sanded to a smooth surface before the next coat is applied. Sometimes I use a colored ground over the gesso. Colored grounds are usually a deep Bolos Red or a deep Blue Green depending on the ambient light in the painting I’m going to do. The colored ground concept goes all the way back to painters in Venice during Renaissance and Baroque periods of history. This Grapes painting, however, was painted directly on the white gesso surface.

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Dean H. said...

Absolutely marvelous painting! Do you apply your paint thickly or thinly? Either way, the blending is right on.

Best wishes, Deano

Paul Wolber said...

Hi deano,

Thanks for the compliment.

In this one the paint is applied first with a thin wash, the built up to an almost opaque level as is possible with acrylics.