Tuesday, August 04, 2009

"Off The Vine" (Fruit of the Vine series)

I've been so busy enjoying plein air painting that I haven't worked in my studio in over a month. But here is my first still life of the summer. I love these elongated horizontal formates and red grapes are one of my favorite challenges. Just as with the plein air pieces, I'm trying to find the right balance (for me) between abstract expressionism and classical realism. Hopefully I didn't make the grapes which are in the light too sparkly.
This palette knife oil painting is 10"x20" on gallery-wrapped oil prime linen, $995.

P.S. One of my large oil paintings was selected for the show called "ArtPrize." This international exhibition will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Several different venues will be hosting art work from around the world. The jurors are you, the public. Voting done mostly through Facebook, Twitter, etc with the grand prize of $250,000., wow! Stay tune for more info or go check out their website http://www.artprize.org/. The show opens mid September 2009.


loriann said...

Congrats on the acceptance Susan. You deserve it.

Jill Berry said...

Wow, I had so much catching up to do over here.
This painting is exquisitely designed and executed. Amazing how well you got those grapes to sparkle, as well as making other areas receed into obscurity.
"Autumn Stars" is so free and delicate.
"Pastoral Dreams" - Cool concept and movement.
Congrats on your Plein Air Award!
"Push/Pull" gets my honorable mention - great composition, way to pile on that paint!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Love that picture of you with the sign on Karen's blog! Congratulations on your acceptance - I'll be watching.
"Off the Vine" is amazing!