Paint a fruit basket with watercolors. Summer is coming to an end, but we still want to inebriate ourselves with its colors and flavors. For this reason, we came up with a super idea: why not paint a colorful composition of summer fruit with watercolors? How many times in the history of painting are beautiful fruit baskets used as subjects for a photograph? Fruit falls into the category defined as “still life,” the pictorial representation of inanimate objects. With this illustration, we will also create a watercolor painting with fruit as the subject, portrayed nicely and more modernly. I will explain how to do it by showing you each step, and the result will be super!
The material you need to paint fruit with watercolors
To create this magnificent fruit basket, we will use Maimeri Blu watercolors, which we discussed in a previous article. Their high chromatic vivacity characterizes Maimeri Blu Watercolors. Ideal to best experience the properties of watercolor in its various techniques. The high light of the conditions discovers colors that blend culture and change.
The remarkable peculiarity of these colors is their absolute purity. Each dye is a single pigment, which means it is formulated using only one base pigment. Thus, it guarantees an extreme purity, impossible to find in other series of watercolors.
Let’s find out what you need today:
- Maimeri Blue Watercolors Set 16 Colors
- Arches watercolor paper sheet, A4, 300g fine grain
- Round brush n ° 4 Princenton Neptune
- 2B pencil
- 2 water containers
What are the goals of this article?
Each of our lessons and articles has one or more specific objectives. We always try to offer you new stimuli to improve your level and learn something more about painting. As for today’s lesson, the objectives are manifold. First, you will practice freehand drawing. Then, it is necessary to create the preparatory drawing of the fruit basket. It should not be too detailed, but you will have to respect the basic proportions and create a harmonious composition. Minor errors can be corrected later in the course of work when you apply the color and create a lotus drawing.
Then you will paint with color layering. Finally, we will work in layers to obtain the final color that interests us. It is possible thanks to the transparencies offered by watercolors. Creating shades and shadows – this will be another of the goals of this article. To obtain a result that can be defined as “complete,” we will have to work on the details, which means the shadows and shades of color.
The pencil drawing of the fruit basket
The preparatory drawing for our fruit composition is essential. To begin, imagine the fruits you are going to paint and draw with a pencil. For my composition, I chose colored fruit starting with oranges, lemons, and kiwis. Then, I added strawberries, a slice of watermelon, a banana, and an apple, which inspired me. Also, insert leaves to create dynamism to the entire composition.
Let’s paint the fruit basket with watercolors
Now that the drawing is ready, prepare a mixture of Transparent Yellow diluted with water, and with the moistened brush, begin to paint the first base color of the yellow fruits, lemons, and bananas. By fading the color slightly, let’s start with the lemons. In this very first step, we proceed with the wet paint on dry paper, using the technique that is called “wet on dry.”
How to avoid the WAVE effect?
So many people ask me: “How can I prevent the sheet from deforming or becoming all wavy once the water dries?” Let’s see a possible solution together. It is usually recommended to block the sides of the sheet with adhesive paper on a flat surface to keep the sheet well pulled and taut. This procedure is done precisely to avoid contact with water, creating the “wave effect.”
Continue to paint the other lemons in the composition with Yellow. Spread the color in such a way as to create natural shades for each fruit and let it dry. Once the base made with Transparent Yellow is dry, overlap several layers of Cadmium Yellow diluted with water. Next, paint the inside edges of the fruits with distinctive touches of color, creating a chiaroscuro effect to create more roundness.
Let’s color the fruits orange
At this point, having finished the fruits of Giallo, let’s paint the oranges. So with a mixture of Nikel Yellow and a hint of Permanent Carmine. In this way, you will get a mix of orange colors to make the orange fruits’ base. Also, in this case, paint the whole fruit with the first layer of orange, making sure that the transparency results. Then, the shaded areas are defined with successive orange layers with more intense colors to highlight the fruit’s roundness.
In this step, you can proceed with the subsequent layers of color with the wet-on-wet technique. But, again, do this before the base dries completely to create original shades. Similarly, you will notice the brilliance of the color blending with the transparencies in a game of genuinely original chromatic references!
Let’s color the red fruits
Well, at this point, let’s proceed with the red fruits or our strawberries and watermelon. With a mixture of Permanent Carmine plus a hint of Pyrrolo Red and a drop of water, paint the entire base of the strawberries, blending the color with the brush. Be careful to leave the areas intended for the leaves clean, which will be painted green.
Finally, define the skin of the watermelon with a layer of Emerald Green and paint the skin of the kiwis, the seeds of the watermelon, and the stalks with Sepia and a hint of Bruno di Garza. Finally, define the surface of the Kiwis with radial emerald green dashes.
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