Producing still life artwork with strawberries poses a great challenge for the artist, as painting fruit often entails using pure colours. But this is key to an Impressionist style still life, as this demonstration shows.
Painting Strawberries in Oil Colour
Painting fruit such as strawberries for the first time is often a satisfying experience for their mesmerising shapes and colours, and is likely to spur the artist to venture onto more challenging subject matter for painting. But a few pointers when oil painting fruit will help overcome common problems.
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Demonstration on Painting Strawberries
Still Life Painting with Vase
The vase was completed next, with titanium and a little burnt sienna. The shaded areas contained a little ultramarine. Neat white was applied to the highlights. It is wise not to dwell on the background too much, but to paste in the essentials.
Oil Painting of Fruit
tonal values of the strawberries without their bright colours from getting in the way. Definition was added by outlining the strawberries with burnt umber.
Oil Painting Technique in Painting Fruit
My Youtube clip speeded up showing how to paint a strawberry in oils.
Still Life Tutorial with Strawberries
The strawberry fruit is a great subject matter to include in a still life setting, for their bright colours add focal points to a painting. It is vital to spend some time over the still life setting first, as an unbalanced composition could ruin the painting. The artist should not be afraid to use bright colours and to bear in mind that strawberries also possess tonal value.
© Rachel Shirley 2010