Friday, October 10, 2008

grapes #3 5x7

The translucent nature of grapes makes them interesting to paint. There is not as great a difference in value between their lit side and their shadowed side as there would be if they were more opaque. I ate these when I was done painting them.


michael mikolon said...

Love the dark background. If you study old master still life's you will see them use the dark element, powerful.

craigstephens said...

Thanks Mike.
I notice that when I first started doing these small paintings I experimented more with different colored backgrounds and now I tend to just switch back and forth between dark and light. It wasn't really a conscious decision to eliminate colored backgrounds. I just think that over time, preferences start to emerge and ones painting develops in a certain direction. It's kind of interesting.