Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"Four & Counting"



















8x8 oil on masonite
SOLD

This bunch of grapes was originally meant for
a more involved Still Life, but oops! They were just
too
good. I rarely see these dark, dark grapes in our
stores.
They look more like Black Olives than grapes,
but
they are so good and sweet.

26 comments:

Barbara M. said...

Hi Gwen,

I love both the beauty and humour in this. It is actually a much more interesting painting - sculptural and orginal.

Take care,

Barbara

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

I agree with Barbara, this is a really fun turn on a traditional subject...beautiful!

Jill Berry said...

Very cool painting!
You know you're not suppose to eat with paint on your hands, right?

Diana Marshall said...

Your not supposed to eat the subject of your painting!! It is amazing to me how you made such an interesting painting from 4 grapes and a stalk, a mark of a true artist.

Edward Burton said...

Beautiful job, Gwen - I love the wonderful shadows.

Gwen Bell said...

Thanks to all of you for your kind comments!
What can I say? No self-control. Nada.

Teresa said...

Love it! Such a yummy subject does make a still life rather difficult to do :-)

Gwen Bell said...

Thanks Teresa. Ha! don't you know it...I recently did the same thing with cherries. I would have so many more paintings if I'd just stop eating the props!

Dayna Talbot said...

Gwen...beautifully painted! I love the simplicity of the color and subject matter! Very strong painting!

James Parker said...

How neat, Gwen. At least it's not a painting of just stems...as it would be in my case. Since moving back to Texas and settling down here in Dripping Springs/Wimberley, I have gotten with Nancy Medina, Angela Elledge and Camille Olsen...may be getting a "Texas Paint-Out" together soon.

Sheila said...

You are just portraying how delicious they are/were. I was admire all the intricate detail you put into the stem ends and the shadow work. Amazing.

rahina qh said...

Good to see your appetite is truely in place, glad you left a few for us to enjoy this lovely painting. r.

Angela Elledge said...

Very beautiful, I love your cool palette and awesome shadows.

Kerri Settle said...

The dark grapes are my favorite. The enlarged version is a treat from the stems to the rich shadows.

Sheila Vaughan said...

Gwen, this painting works really well. It's often better to keep things simple isn't it. I especially love the way you have treated the background. It is a contrast but a "soft" one. Anything brighter might have looked out of place.

Sheila Vaughan said...

Gwen, this painting works really well. It's often better to keep things simple isn't it. I especially love the way you have treated the background. It is a contrast but a "soft" one. Anything brighter might have looked out of place

Pam Holnback said...

This is a great piece. Really good shadows, love the soft background, and great composition.

Chuck Dilmore said...

Ooo, very cool!
simple is delicious!

peace, my friend~
Chuck

Gwen Bell said...

Wow! You guys are the greatest! I've been out of town for a few days and came back to a mailbox full of incredibly supportive comments. Thank each and every one of you...I appreciate you all so much!

Gringo Zero said...

Brava! The warms and cools are really dramatic and play off each other really well, especially in the edges of the shadows. It really vibrates and dances. I love it!

onpainting said...

What a lovely design you made of the remainder.

Cathleen Rehfeld said...

This one is really nice! love the composition and the care and talent that shows.

L.Holm said...

beautiful, Gwen. Yummy!

Maggie Mayer said...

beautiful Gwen. You have a package from me on it's way today. -maggie

Janet Karam said...

Love your humor in this one- beautifully painted too!

Dean Grey said...

Gwen!

The composition on this one is great.

My only real criticism is that the grapes are so dark you almost can't see where they end and the cast shadows start.

Yes, I realize the grapes are dark, really dark. Maybe if the shadows underneath were lightened a bit that might help (?).

Still a wonderful little painting!

-Dean