STORY BEHIND THE ART OF Cristina Baltayian

 
20th Annual International American Society of Botanical Artists & The Horticultural Society of New York
 
 

Cabernet grape

Vitis vinifera
 

This grapevine grows along the West wall of my garden.

I love the beautiful variations of color that can be found on one plant: the bright greens of the new leaves, the rich, rusty greens of the older leaves, the deep purple of the grapes and the rustic texture of the branches.

For a few days, I had to compete with a squirrel for the only grape cluster on the vine. We were both interested in it for different reasons. As soon as it was ripe for painting or eating, she won, and I had to finish painting the grapes from my reference photos.

 
 
 
 
 
  • © 2013 Cristina Baltayian
    Cabernet grape
    Vitis vinifera
    Colored pencil on paper
    12" x 16"