Red Tomato

Day 2 Red Tomato in Watercolor

Daily Kreatif Painting Series

Welcome to Day 2 of the Daily Kreatif Painting Series: Watercolor Fun.  

Yesterday, I chose a complicated subject as my first daily painting, so today I chose to paint a simpler one, a tomato. I love its bright colors and, if you’re just starting out, it’s an easy subject to find and paint. In fact, if you’d like you can go out to the market right now and buy some.

You know, when I was a child, I loved eating tomatoes right out of the bag. I’d ask my mom for a tomato or two so I could just eat them raw. Those are some of the fondest memories of my childhood.

After I moved to the US, I learned to eat tomatoes with a sprinkle of salt. It tastes so much better. Who knew salt could make such a difference. Well, at least for me.

Okay, my challenge here is to reproduce the smooth texture of the tomato’s skin. So I start with a big brush and a very light wash. I use very light paint, mixing it with lots of water and working gradually to add the darker paints. I’m still learning how watercolor works.

You’d think it should be easy for me since I did the 30 day challenge painting with watercolor with my children. But this time I’m doing it on camera. So, I’m kinda conscious about how my painting will turn out.

One thing though, for this series, is that I wanted to work loose. I’m still working with my usual style but I’m not so worried about being totally realistic. Does that make sense? That’s why I call it, ‘watercolor fun’.

While I was painting it, I felt the fear I had when I was in grade school. I feared that I was going to mess up this painting or that it wasn’t going to work; that was what was going through my head at the time.

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