Lemons and Plums Still Life Watercolor Painting

Practice Three Important Skills For Painting Still Lifes

Learn a couple important watercolor painting skills in this lesson. We’ll cover how to paint folds in cloth and how to darken light colors. We’ll also work hard to stick to a value sketch when painting in color. It’s an easy to draw composition and an easy watercolor painting project.

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This is an easy subject and an easy composition that will allow us to practice three important things – painting folds in cloth, learning to darken light-colored objects, and following a value-sketch.

The actual painting is small. But, with our focus on three important skills, it is an involved painting exercise. We’ll also finish with a nice little painting!

We’re using a value sketch with this painting and going to try to work hard make sure we stick to the value pattern we designed in our sketch. You can download a completed value sketch from the green button, below.  If you’d like to try the value sketch process itself ( and I recommend you do!), check out the Related Video (at right or below, depending on the screen you are watching on).

 What You’ll Need:

  • Value Sketch – download from the button below, or watch the Related Video
  • a small sheet of watercolor paper, approx. 5″ x 7″ – as always, Arches 140lb Cold Press is recommended
  • Paint – Lemon Yellow Medium, Raw Sienna, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Cobalt Blue
  • Brushes – Medium and Small Round

Related Lessons

Value Sketch, Folds In Cloth, Complementary Color Schemes