I have wanted to paint grapes for a while, they are such little jewels!
The sketch on the rough side of Canson Mi-Teintes with vine charcoal which I brushed down before adding pastel.
stroking on dark and mid value pastels
I have blended the pastels so they become an under painting of sorts
I begin to add details working left to right and top to bottom
This is the fun part, firing up the grapes!
I add the darkest darks and the lightest lights and sign it but I'm going to look at it tomorrow with 'fresh eyes'.
The next day I added blues to the onion and peachy warm tones to the grapes - they were all too equally red yesterday. I also stroked more warm toasty pastel over the pale violet in the upper right area that was too distracting. Finally I noticed that since they are translucent, the grapes cast a warm glow on the beige fabric - just the right touch I now think!