Fantastic Fruit: Texture & Form
Discover how to bring realistic form and texture to your work while painting a luscious strawberry and a fuzzy peach. Award-winning artist Anna Mason is your guide as you create watercolor pieces that demand a closer look, and reward it.
Anna Mason is a watercolorist specializing in big, bold, botanical subjects. After making a huge career change to paint full-time 10 years ago, she's been honored with an RHS Gold Medal for Botanical Art and the Grand Prize by International Artist Magazine. In recent years, Anna has made it her mission to teach her unique watercolor techniques in an easy-to-understand way by contributing to Artists & Illustrator Magazine in the U.K., writing "The Modern Flower Painter" (Search Press) and teaching on Craftsy.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Anna Mason and start by learning Anna's expert approach to creating watercolors with breathtaking realism. Find out how to see shapes of color, what Anna terms as "visual texture," and discover how it will benefit your work.
Learn how to paint a plump strawberry. Anna shows you how to bring the smooth, shiny texture of this fruit to life. You'll learn how to complete the initial wash, block in the seeds and paint the darkest areas to establish your painting's tonal range.
Continue work on your strawberry by building up midtones and lighter tones. Then, create dimensionality in even the tiniest seeds as you learn how brushstrokes help create form and communicate texture.
Find out how to adjust lights and darks through a process called "tonal juggling," for realistic hues in your work.
Apply your new skills as you paint a peach! Explore the unique texture of this fruit, and watch as Anna lays down the lights, darks and initial midtones.
Finally, create that sometimes-tricky fuzzy texture by balancing high contrast, small brush strokes. Then, give your peach a unifying wash and add a few last touches for a realistic effect.