Or so they say! I have been painting and drawing Blackberries, my earlier painting on this subject was one that I took along to the Society of Floral Painters Exhibition in Wiltshire for some critique, and the comments regarding this painting made me realise that I need to take things slower and study my subject more before jumping in with pencil and paper. It has been a slow transition from painting landscape images where you have a great deal of artistic licence to having to portray a subject exactly, and due to back problems I have had a lot of time to practice, so here is one of my blackberry's.
The painting is life size about 25 x 30 mm painted from photographs and sketches I used for my original painting back in September. Painted in watercolour an Arches HP paper, I use the lifting out technique for the highlights so I have to be careful what pigments I use when mixing the colours to avoid colours that are to opaque and also staining, the mix I use for the black is French Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson and Raw Siena, This mix will lift out even after it has dried. The same mixture and technique also works on black grapes and the results are very affective. If you are into painting fruit give this a go and I think you will be pleased with the results.