It's exhausting being so interested in painting EVERYTHING.
Anyhow, back to the fruit...I had never really painted a close up painting of detailed fruit...I don't think I have. I can't remember. Here are the photos and step by step instruction.
Just set up your own fruit still life with a strong light source and have at it! I actually set this fruit on my white gator board in some bright sunshine.
Step one, mask all of those annoying little seeds on the strawberry and any highlights on the fruit. Try not to just mask circles for the light, but make different shapes. In the end, you'll take the masking fluid off and you don't want all of these perfect little circles for the highlights. It'll be too distracting.
I wet the whole strawberry and added a lot of pigment. I used alizarin crimson and scarlett to get the right shade, with a little bit of french ultramarine blue for the shadows on the sides. I tried to keep the pigment lighter towards the highlight on the berry.
I also wet the whole lemon and added my first wash of yellows and blues to it, keeping the pigment lighter toward the highlight.
I used a mixture of hookers green, viridian green and touched on burnt sienna on the leaves of the strawberry.
All of the fruit will need more than one wash to get the depth of color that we are shooting for.
One of the biggest mistakes that my students make is to not allow your painting to fully dry between washes. A fully dry painting should be flat and completely dry to the touch. I sometimes use a blow dryer, but if you've used a lot of water, it might need to dry overnight.
What fruit project are you going to try? Just buy some fruit, set it in some sunshine or bright light and have at it!
Feel free to ask questions!