In two earlier posts (New Year and Stage 2) I featured pics and descriptions of a still life of some cherries. Then I stopped work on the painting so that I could take it with me to my art club demo last Monday. I only managed to get a little bit more done to it during the demo. On Friday I made more progress and then I completed it yesterday evening. You can view the finished painting above. Its title is Outsider, a reference to the single cherry outside the glass.
In this image, comparing it with the previous pic I posted (Stage 2, on 4th January), I’ve added greater depth of colour to the cherries. I used Cadmium Red mixed with a little Chromium Black. The process involves repeated layering of paint until the paint starts to become saturated. That’s not particularly difficult to do but it takes time. I also added some pale, brownish reflections to the sides and base of the glass with Brown Ochre. (Brown Ochre is a new colour to me, but I think I like it.)
All my colours are Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours, by the way.
The cherries’ red skins had to be darkened in places, to help make the cherries look rounded. To do this, I added Chromium Black to the Cadmium Red I had used. Then, more layering. By this time, the paint has gone beyond being saturated. Super-saturated might be the right word! Drying takes longer and can result in rough edges. I softened those edges with clean water, gently applied on a pointed brush.
Adding my Chromium Black to the Brown Ochre, I did further work on the darker reflections in the glass. I took out some highlights with a chisel brush and clean water, dabbing the water off with a paper towel.
Stage 5, the final stage, mainly involved lifting out more highlights. I overdid these and then had to knock some back with more paint. Then it was down to the finishing details, tidying up rough edges, etc. I should mention that I ticked in a few tiny highlights with white gouache.
This painting also appears in my Portfolio under the title “Outsider” – a reference to the one cherry outside the glass. Click here to see the Portfolio entry.