View Full Version : Apples in Basket a WIP

12-01-2007, 07:19 AM
After seeing many wonderful WIP's on this site, I decided to try one. My objective in watercolor painting is to get clear - never muddy colors, correct values, and a good composition. Add to that criteria, good brush work. Don't we all want that!!!!!!! I started out with a color photo which I cropped for a better composition and put to value. What I want to show in the final painting are apples, straw and basket with minamal background. I'm working on a 12x16 Lanaquarelle 140 lb. cold-press block.

Value Photo

Below is my first session. I paint juicy. I first put in a layer for the straw using a thin Cadmium Orange with a bit of Thalo Yellow Green. While wet I dropped in some Cadmium Lemon Yellow and let it dry. The apples are done using Permanent Rose, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Orange, Winsor Blue and Sap Green.

My next session will be to add some more apples and start defining the straw and basket.

12-01-2007, 08:06 AM
Hi Jan,
I'm glad I found your WIP early because I think it is going to be fun to see you develop it.

I really like what you already have going with the two apples and the straw.



12-01-2007, 09:08 AM
Very fine apples and a great start!:clap:


12-01-2007, 09:11 AM
Oooo! Excellent so far! Did you mask out where the straw went across the apples or did you paint around it?


12-01-2007, 12:48 PM
Oh good! I love to see these unfold...and I always learn so much! This looks beautiful so far...wonderful juicy color in them apples!

12-01-2007, 12:57 PM
Oh! And don't forget to throw in some close up shots! We don't want to miss a thing!

Peggy SCx
12-01-2007, 05:05 PM
Looking luscious! Can hardly wait to see more.

12-01-2007, 05:30 PM
I LOVE the photo and your start of the painting - sitting in front row!!!!!! Thanks!!!!

12-02-2007, 08:37 AM
Oh wow pulling up a chair next to Uschi. Looking real juicy so far.. :)


12-02-2007, 03:23 PM
I am here to learn too!

12-02-2007, 11:06 PM
:clap: Woo-hoo great start here. I've pulled up a chair to watch. Love to paint juicy and direct, too! You are off and are on a roll. Thanks for sharing with us!:cat:

12-03-2007, 09:00 AM
Thanks everyone for their lovely comments. I feel the pressure starting to mount. In answer to a question about masking for the whites. No, I don't mask. I really enjoy the negative process and dislike masking. I feel masking leaves a hard edge and I prefer the painterly look of the negative painting. Also Lana is a rather soft paper and masking takes of the paper when removing.

I've attached session two. I added a couple of apples and worked a bit on the straw and basket.



12-03-2007, 09:19 AM
They sure do look juicy!!! I love the colours you are using, it's developing BEAUTIFULLY!!!!!

12-03-2007, 09:33 AM
You are so right about not using masking because of the hard edges left behind AND because Lanaquarelle paper definitely doesn't like it. I learned that the hard way. :o

I really like how you are using the blues and purples in the shadow area and the mix of gold and red on the apples.

No pressure from us, we're delighted to watch as you paint. It's looking very good.


12-03-2007, 10:53 AM
Keep going, love it so far!

12-03-2007, 11:46 AM
Jan, these apples are beautiful to watch. Thanks for doing this WIP.

12-03-2007, 03:40 PM
I love the deep gorgeous color of your apples:)

12-03-2007, 04:05 PM
Like everyone else I love how rich the colors in your apples look.

12-04-2007, 07:09 AM
As you can see,I've worked some more on the painting. My straw has become very patchwork quilt looking. I'm hoping when I put some dark glazes over the top it will tone down and maybe actually look like straw. This is usually the point where I overwork and toss out. I'm hoping the pressure I'm under in this WIP will prevent that. I'm thinking of not doing much more with the left side of the paper where the straw is. I need to finish the top left and work on the basket area some more. If anyone has any suggestions ----


A closeup of an overworked section.

12-04-2007, 07:47 AM
This is still looking good. I see what you mean about "patchwork quilt" in the straw. You can still do more negative painting within the patches to give more layers to the straw. That would also remove the "quilt" effect.

Please don't give up, this is coming along fine.


12-06-2007, 08:34 AM
My three objective in the WIP were clear colors, correct values, and good composition. I think my values and composition are okay. I don't think I reached the clear colors I wanted so much. I had to wipe out many areas and repaint. Well, for what it's worth, here is my finished version. What do you think?


12-06-2007, 08:57 AM
But the colours are very exciting and I think it's a wonderful painting!!!!!! I went and had a peek at your flicker site - LOVE your paintings!!!

12-06-2007, 08:59 AM
oyes i agree with Uschi and yes this is a beautiful painting and it IS exciting!! :)

Just love that juicy colour and how you handled it..:)


12-06-2007, 09:01 AM
It finished very nicely. The apples nestled in the straw are really beautifully painted.


12-06-2007, 09:31 AM
:clap: :clap:
JAN...this is wonderful, love the different granulations of color in each apple! I too browsed your website and you are one talented lady! That quilt is just gorgeous and I LOVE your paintings, especially the tulip one and cow ones.:thumbsup:

12-06-2007, 10:22 AM
:wave: HI! Jan, Interesting to follow along, you are trying to accomplish what many of us work on as well. I like this painting, your comp and colors are strong and can carry what you don't like about it. I like the light moving thru the background as well. Did you use indigo for one of your dark blues? I find it tends to streak more unless poured and really dulls the yellows, but it is a color I also like to use so I mix it a with another blue (w. or prussian) which livens it up a bit. It's a good impressionistic type of look. Regards, Marianne

12-06-2007, 10:35 AM
Wonderful Painting

12-06-2007, 12:09 PM
:clap: TERRIFIC, Jan! Love the heck or peck out of this! Superb watercolor!:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

12-06-2007, 12:14 PM
It's beautiful! Thanks so much for the WIP!

12-06-2007, 03:38 PM
I think it is perfect! Thanks so much for doing the WIP.

12-07-2007, 10:22 AM
Thank you everyone for your very kind words. As for my paints, I study with an artist who uses a very limited pallet. She says she can obtain any color she wants with the 10 colors. They are: Winsor Blue (red), Cerulean Blue, Brown Madder, Permanent Rose, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Orange, New Camboge, Cadmium Lemon Yellow and Sap Green - all from Winsor&Newton. And Thalo Yellow Green from Grumbacher. The background is Cadmium and Winsor Blue. Again, thank you everyone for looking and commenting. Jan