A few weeks ago I purchased a new lighting system to help me take photographs of my paintings indoors. The lighting system is from Victor-Smith and I got it through Amazon. It comes with to lights with stands, 2 umbrellas and 2 strong light bulbs. The price was around $130 so I figured that was a good price for all of that. In fact I will be able to use the light stands when I am painting, but I will change the bulbs. In case you order this set order extra bulbs. One blew out after 20 minutes. So far its going okay. Hopefully with practice I can get a clear picture. Time will tell. The next purchase will probably be Photoshop Elements and maybe a new camera.
Now onto the painting this is a follow- up on the Black Vase with Cantaloupe. I wanted to try and paint the vase again using the same painting technique as I used before along with the fruit. After seeing the Dutch Paintings From The Mauritshuis at the High Museum I just had to paint more grapes. The exhibit is a fantastic traveling show and well worth the time to check it out. There were a few Rembrandt's with the wonderful brushstrokes and chiaroscuro, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer, and two paintings I remembered being tested on in Art History by Frans Hals. It was a great privilege to see this show. There were still life's, landscapes and genre paintings. I do think though my grapes are better then ones in the show, ( lol, I just had to say that). Thanks to David A. Leffel I really learned how to paint grapes.