Lesson 1. Put the feasible tasks


Beginners set themselves an unbearable task of creating a masterpiece at once! Moreover, this should happen from the very first session! And if this does not happen, even after many attempts, they get discouraged, upset and even decide that painting possibly´s not their way, because they are not talented, etc.
It is not true my dear! Every person is an artist! And nowadays art gives such a wide range for self-expression! It is a pleasure to create today. Even if you do not know how to draw at all, but you have ideas, taste, temperament, then a large arsenal of techniques, colors, tools work for you! You will certainly become a successful artist! Treat every day, make mountains of paper, tons of paints, but do not stop, if you have something to say.

Today we will paint grapes with the branch of red viburnum of famous Russian painter 

Yuri Klapoux. Observe thoroughly his painting. Isn't it amazing?!

We will do just a little approach to this art peace to learn how to paint grapes.

Let´s start our first master class!

Yuri Klapoux. Grapes.

How to paint white and red grapes

Acrylic background

Blue and violet coating

Some lights to achieve

the transparency

Light spots 

1 step. As usual, we start with background in different colors from green to purple, keep it a bit darker, then all other objects will look much brighter on it.

When background is well dry make a sketch with white acrylic pencil o chalk. Observe all proportions and location of all objects of the composition.

2 step. Continue with coloring your sketch with acrylic. Even if you are planing the painting in oil, the acrylic under painting will very helpful to you as a first approach to the original.
Make the acrylic under painting always much lighter. After applying the oil layer, the acrylic sketch will be slightly visible and will give a glow and more light coming from the inside of the picture.
So, don't forget: acrylic sketch is always lighter on tone or two.

3 step.

White grape. Acrylic sketch in light green (some green with yellow cadmium for berries on the direct light and green with white for dark berries which are in shadow).  Wait for dry acrylic and start with oil.


Prepare a simple palette in oil. Simple means we do not need a lot of colors, just enough 3-4 from which ones we will get all the variety of the colors we need.
For white grapes prepare besides the WHITE a few more:
green grassy, cadmium yellow light, yellow lemon, cadmium red light and yellow ocher. Add some oil in each color to make them smooth.

For transparency make a border lighter than body. Do not forget to put lights on top in white. 

4 step.

Red grape. Make the acrylic sketch in light rose for berries on the direct light and alizarin crimson for dark berries in shadow. When the acrylic sketch is dry start to work with oil.


Prepare a simple palette again. 
For red grapes we need a bit more colors besides the basic white:
So get blue ultramarine light, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow light, yellow lemon, cadmium red light, yellow ocher. Add some oil in each color to make them smooth.

Keep an eye with the original.

Start from the central berry making literally "her portrait". Acrylic sketch will be very helpful now.

Complete red grapes with a blue coating to give the berries ripeness.

5 step. Finally, we put lights spots. Those lights might come from the top of the painting, for example, through the leaves of vines. For lights we use mixture of white a touch of lemon yellow.

This is our final work in oil for grapes.

Our first class is finished for a while.

Next steps will be for red viburnum and leaves. 

See you on my next lesson.