Day 7 Orange in Watercolor

Daily Kreatif Painting Series

Welcome to Day 7 of the Daily Kreatif Painting Series: Watercolor Fun!

Have you tried to paint an orange before? Today I want to show you how to paint a subject with a simple shape; I’m going to show you how I work on this orange and create the rough looking texture on its skin.

I know it can be quite a challenge to paint the skin but that’s today painting challenge. I actually didn’t quite know how I’d tackle this orange but I thought, let’s just give it a try. I’ve painted oranges and lemons in colored pencil before, but this time, I’ve used a different technique to create the texture on the skin.

So, as usual, I will observe the lightest highlight on the subject and use that color as an initial base to cover the whole area.

As I’m applying the colors, I’m reminding myself that I’m not trying to make the skin look smooth. So I’m applying my paint using the stippling technique with my brush to create the skin’s rough texture.

If you look really close, you’ll be able to see the indentions on the skin.

It’s easy at this point to give up if you think your painting isn’t working out the way you wanted it to. Here’s a secret tip just for you: layering. At the beginning stage of your painting you need to add more colors, observing the darkest, medium and lightest values on the subject.

One thing about the daily painting challenge is that I aim to get a painting done each day. So, I don’t allow procrastination to creep into my brain, making me think, it’s okay, I can finish this painting tomorrow.

As this is the first time I’ve used watercolor to paint a whole orange, I have to step back and see if I’ve achieved the desired texture on my orange or not.

I add more colors to the orange. You can see that the skin has more than one color. This orange has yellowed orange on some parts and red orange and brownish orange on other parts. And I also put some dots on the brightest highlight.

Right now, I create a shadow under the orange so that the orange looks like it’s sitting on a surface.

I’m also working on the center of the orange and darkening the edges.

Alright, the orange looks ready now. What do you think?

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