Watercolour

One Of Your Five A Day?

We all know that we’re supposed to try and eat at least portions of fruit and veg a day but how about painting them instead… ?

Cherry Tomatoes - NB
Cherry Tomatoes

This was a really fun way of getting “one of your 5 a day”.  This watercolour is only small – 14cm x 17cm. It was painted on Arches Aquarelle NOT paper, 140lb. Paints used were Aussie Red Gold, Perylene Red, Green Gold and Undersea Green – all by Daniel Smith. I used two sable brushes by Rosemary & Co for the tomatoes and a Silver Black Velvet Script Liner for the green stuff.

The colour of the tomatoes was built up gradually in about 3 layers, letting each layer of colour dry before applying the next. Letting areas of a painting dry before continuing is a lesson that’s taken time for me to learn. Watercolour painting requires patience and I have to work at it continually!

Also, red is a colour I don’t often use in my watercolour painting so it made a nice change to paint these vibrant red cherry tomatoes. Why not see what veggies you’ve got and have a go at painting them – just for fun… !

11 thoughts on “One Of Your Five A Day?

  1. This came out really well, and I hear you about needing a lot of patience to build up layers. That would make me crazy, but I know that it’s a really good way to work if you want to get intensity of color.

    1. Thank you Lynn – I really like how these turned out. Working in layers is an essential part of working with watercolour – it’s needed to build light and shade in a painting, which gives a painting it’s 3D impression. You lay the light tones first, let them dry and build the darker ones on top. Letting layers dry doesn’t generally take that long, mostly around half an hour or so – I just have to work on something else during that time… !

I'd love to hear your observations and musings...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s