Way back in 7th grade, one of the first pieces of art that I made was of grapes and coffee cans. The charcoal drawing is long gone. But I have enjoyed painting grapes ever since. I would guess that grapes and eggs are two subjects that I have painted the most.
At Eastern Market in Washington DC there was a basket of grapes on the table. I loved the light hitting the grapes. I knew that this would be my next painting in my fragment series.
I had started this grape painting yesterday and it has taken me awhile to come up with the design and consistent idea. I wanted to play the blurry background against the sharpness of the ripped paper. The contrast really helps with the illusion of paper being taped on top of a painting.
I did some sketches in Photoshop of how I would combine the different elements. I wanted to have the ripped paper fragments be put back together in the same idea of the ancient wall frescos you see in Pompeii.
First I built the reference piece which I painted from.
Then I started to paint.
I like what I had started with the first blurry layer juxtaposed to the sharper ripped paper square. By the time I had the whole painting started I was concerned about the overall amount of green. I need to change that.
The bottom right hand corner of the ripped paper square was the beginning of what I wanted to express. It had the feeling of a fragment of the whole while still having the viewer know what the whole image was that was being painted.
I like the addition of the purple because it attracted my eye and made me think that it was a fragment taped on the top. When all the pieces of paper were combined it appeared as fragments being built up and being part of the whole painting.