Sunday, March 14, 2010

Bittersweet ~ In Watercolour

Back to a more familiar medium. I liked the bittersweet berries so much, I've decided to paint them in watercolour this time. Since I'm so slow, I'm going to show my progress pictures, so at least I'll have some blog posts to show you!

The first picture shows my reference photo taken last fall. The drawing was done freehand and I used small touches of masking fluid for the highlights. I'm not usually keen on the stuff, but I thought it would be okay for the minute dots on the berries.
As you can see, I don't have a fancy setup, just a large piece of plywood on top of part of an old computer desk.

Here is a bit of a closer look at the drawing and my first start on the berries.

And here's where I am right now:

My only dilema for this painting is background or no background? I'm leaning towards a sky blue background at the moment....but will decide later.


  1. I loved the background on your acrylic berries that you painted earlier. I can't wait to see what you decide to do in the background for this painting. Your berries are so delicate in this painting so far.

  2. Thanks Nancy! I'll have to think a bit about the background for this one.
    For some reason I can't seem to click on my images to make them bigger...hmmm....

  3. I'm watching this with interest! Such a difficult subject. Jan

  4. Jan, thanks! I try to simplify as much as I can. It's funny, when I was a very new painter I once did a painting of a bunch of grapes. I really bit off more than I could chew with that one, but with a lot of help I pulled it off. At the time, I swore I'd never do that many small circles again! LOL But now I seem to be drawn to that subject over and over...hmmmm I wonder what that means?

  5. I've just found your blog and have been browsing through it. Your work is lovely! I look forward to following you here!

  6. Crystal, welcome to my blog! Thanks for taking a look, and I'm happy that you've decided to follow along!
    I'm just taking a break from painting berries right now!

  7. Great start on this one. I can hardly wait to see it completed.