Grape Covered Pergola

The leaves of the vine and grapes covering the pergola, are washed in with thin oil washes. Sap Green + Liguin is used for the foliage, Magenta + Liquin for the sweet fruit. The thin wash over the white canvas gives a beautiful luminosity that I really like. I’ll come back later and add opaque color on the leaves and grapes but will leave some of the washed in color exposed. 

The blue sky is carefully painted around the clusters of grapes using the corner of my square tipped, Bright brush. To enlarge the image to see this better, just click on the picture. 

The upper portion of the sky has been painted with a mix of White + Cobalt Blue, the lower part is a lighter mixture of White + Pthalo Blue. One of the fun things about painting grape vines is adding the curly cue tendrils that reach out from the vines. I draw them into the wet paint of the sky with a fine liner brushed dipped in a mix of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

The beams of the pergola are also painted around the grapes and leaves. The shades of dark brown are combinations of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White.

Thought you’d like to see my palette at this point. The dabs of paint on the left are saved from the vines and sky. #1. All the brown mixtures for the pergola. #2. White + Ultramarine Blue + a touch of MUD. This was used for the most distant mountains. #3. As different as they look, all four of these mixes are made from various proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. These will be used for the next range of mountains coming forward. #4. Sap Green + White, for some of the grape leaves.

The warmest (more orange) of the #3 mixtures is worked into the cooler (bluer) of the #3 mixes to give the impression of the trees, covered in fall foliage, on the distant mountain.

We finish this session by painting the upright support columns of the pergola. I appreciate you following along, please feel free to ask questions in the comments section! With Big Hugs,

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10 Responses to “Grape Covered Pergola”

  1. sondilucca Says:

    I like it! I am going to need something soon…lol

  2. TERRI ELFARKH Says:

    Wow, what a view! Looks amazing already.

  3. roseherczeg Says:

    Oh, how breathtaking! Will be watching this one. I wish I was sitting in one of those chairs right now, even though they aren’t “finished” yet 🙂 Sending love and warm hugs, Rose

  4. roseherczeg Says:

    PS Thank you for taking time to show the entire process and all the color mixes! You are so patient and organized. God bless!

  5. Mary Sue Weeks Says:

    Am surprised you paint in grapes first, then sky and pergola around them. Wouldn’t it be easier to paint sky and pergola first, then grapes on top?

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Good question Mary Sue. Since I like the luminosity of the washed in color over the white canvas, I’ve done the grapes and leaves first. I want to retain some of that luminosity in the final piece, that’s why I paint the sky and pergola around the grapes and leaves. I’ll come back and add more opaque color on top of the grapes and leaves, but I will allow some of the washed in areas to show through. It adds depth and texture. Hope this answers your question! Thanks for following my blog. Hugs, Mikki

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