Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bunch of Grapes WIP

I have really enjoyed these grape paintings, they have been truly demanding. The color complements are fascinating, a very complex series of color triads that produced a natural harmony.

Seeing the bunch of grapes as a whole or mass and dealing with the individual reflective effects is not easy. Funny, is it not, how things you think will be a breeze to paint turn into some of your biggest challenges.

Painting for me is all about solving a set of visual problems, solve those visual problems and a likeness of your initial impression will emerge. Even so there are times I just have to sit and observe my subject and decide how much more to push, or should I even dare to push it more. Have I said everything I needed the image to say?. Is it saying what the image was suppose to convey? Have I kept to the “big” idea that attracted me in the first place? Am I done? Sometimes I think it is best to leave the entire visual stimulus, and return later with a fresh eye and mind. So for the time being this will be a work in progress.

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” 
                                                                         Leonardo da Vinci

Explore - Question - Learn - Enjoy, Jim


  1. That is an amazing painting.
    Like the process shown.

  2. Lovely.
    How interesting that you believe it to be unfinished.
    Like the quote.