Black Cherries

Day 3 Black Cherries in Watercolor

Daily Kreatif Painting Series

Welcome to Day 3 of the Daily Kreatif Painting Series: Watercolor Fun.  

I’ve done quite a number of cherry paintings in the past, both in pastel and colored pencil. If you’ve never seen them before, check them out at my Gallery over at my website. They are really fun to do and now I get to experiment with them using my watercolors.

As you can see as I do my first washes on the cherries, I think I probably can speed up the initial washes by using a bigger brush next time and swiping the paint on the entire subject. I feel like I worked too slowly here.

You see, they’re like tomatoes; they have a smooth texture on the skin. You don’t have to worry about making them too detailed.

So I thought, this is a perfect way to show you that sometimes it’s better to start with a simpler subject. You don’t always need to pick up a complicated subject to paint that may demotivate and frustrate you.

So now, I’m working on the stem. Using a pointy brush helps me to paint the details, sort of like holding the brush like the tip of a pencil or pen.

I kept adding more paints to match the colors I see in my subjects. As I painted, I was thinking about what colors to mix to match the darker colors I see on the cherries.

An important lesson I learned from my favorite watercolor artist is that, you have to let every layer dry before you add more layers. I think that makes perfect sense. Why didn’t anyone tell me this before? Even my previous art teachers didn’t tell me this. If you don’t follow this piece of advice, your painting ends up looking muddy and that’s the reason why a lot of students are scared of watercolor. This tip is priceless.

I use a smaller brush to add more details on the cherries and the stems.
So far, I think I’m pretty satisfied with this medium. I thought watercolor was like tempera, but I was wrong. Like I said, this is the first time I’m using professional watercolor. I can feel that I can handle this medium with confidence now.

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