Happy Friday everyone! Here are my cherries finally finished as a painting. Painting in watercolour definitely takes longer than drawing in pencil. This is an assignment for the Botanical Illustration course I am taking right now through the Society of Botanical Artists. I used quite a few different reds to get the cherries depth of colour, including Winsor Red, Alizaron Crimson, Quinacridone Red, Perylene Maroon, and Permanent Rose. Though if you look at the colour chart on the Winsor & Newton website you will see that there are tons of other reds to choose from besides those ones. I try to paint with transparent colours rather than opaque. And I try to stay of away from all paints containing Cadmium, since it is toxic and bad for the environment. I also added blue and yellows to the reds to either warm up or cool down the colour. This is assignment 7 out of 12 plus 3 portfolio pieces. So if all goes well I will get my diploma in March 2014. Seems like I have a LONG way to go yet and many hours toiling over the easel. Could be worse though as I love painting and even when I am frustrated I am still thankful that I am able to learn and improve.
I am not sure what species of cherries these are. When I first got them from the store they were quite red and unripe looking. Though towards the end they turned that deep black cherry colour. That is one of the challenges in botanical art, the colour of your subject is constantly changing as you work.
Next assignment is on vegetables, not sure what I am going to pick yet. Savoy Cabbage is definitely off the table, way too much detail. What vegetable do you think I should paint?