1.  An undercoat of bright yellow defines the leaf areas that are nearest to the bright sunlight.

Wine on the Vine II - watercolor demonstration of grape clusters
3.  A hint of pink shows on the sunlit side of the grapes. Grape vines are pruned heavily in late winter to control fruit production and to maintain manageable-sized plants. Only a few buds are allowed to grow in spring.

The fruit is borne on this new growth which hardens into firm, rust-brown stems. 

2.  Warm yellowish green is glazed over the leaves. Areas of the leaves that are in shadow have a light blue underlayer.
4.  The mature plants in this vineyard are firmly anchored in the soil with bulky, gnarled trunks. The twisted, peeling wood is a deep brown with dark blue undertones which I used as foundation color for the brown.
5.  A soft-focus background fills in around the leaves and stems. Shading on the individual grapes enhances their form and gives depth to the cluster itself. Fruit in the foreground plane is bright with reflected light while fruit in the shadows is darker and less defined.
6.  Using a damp, firm-bristled brush, the highlights on the grapes are enhanced by gently scrubbing away a bit of paint. Another glaze of pink is added to some of the fruit in the large cluster. 

Splashes of orange and gold add the warm colors of autumn to this
mid-October scene.


Watercolor painting demonstration of grapes on the vine - step 1
Watercolor painting demonstration of grapes on the vine - step 2
Watercolor painting demonstration of grapes on the vine - step 3
Watercolor painting demonstration of grapes on the vine - step 4
Watercolor painting demonstration of grapes on the vine - step 5
Watercolor painting demonstration of grapes on the vine - step 6

Watercolor Demo
Wine on the Vine II
Watercolor painting demonstration of grapes on the vine - step 7
Second in a series of paintings with grapes, Wine on the Vine II shows multiple clusters of ripe wine grapes ready for harvest in a local vineyard. I am uncertain as to the variety, but the surface of the grapes was dusted with a natural, whitish "bloom" making the clusters appear distinctly blue in color. Under the powdery waxy coating, the fruits are deep purplish blue.
Wine on the Vine II 
28.5" x 20.5" framed
$650  ©2011
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