I bought some fruit for my weekend guests and after everyone was gone, I thought it might be fun to have a red fruit medley watercolor. I had a late season pomegranate, some fresh strawberries and a package of red raspberries, which I thought would make a lovely painting. And while they are all reds, when put together, it is quite apparent that they are different shades and hues. This is really only the base but I had to stop as the board was getting saturated and the colors flowing together more than I wanted. I am leaving it overnight to completely dry. Even when I use a hair dryer on the lowest setting sometimes it won’t be as dry as I want and I don’t really think cooking the paint is a good idea.
It is still rather undefined and I will only be able to judge it when I put in more detail and shadows. So far I like the mix of the reds. The raspberries and the pomegranate are closer to being true reds with a little blue thrown in (mauve?) while the strawberries have more of an orange cast. It will be fun experimenting with layering the colors on tomorrow. And then I get to eat the still life!