Introducing the Fruit Studies Series!
When searching for a subject to paint, you don’t have to look any further than your refrigerator!
In this series for beginners, we’re going to focus on doing fruit studies. Why? Fruit is easy and it is beautiful. It comes in a rich array of colors and organic forms.
In the tutorials in this series, you will learn about how to light your subject, get set up for painting, and paint from observation. We will explore themes including value and working from dark to light.
As you will see, just a simple apple can be breathtaking. Indeed, while painting fruit is a great exercise for beginners, it was also the regular subject matter of modern masters like Chardin, Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh, and Uglow. These artists saw painting fruit as an opportunity to study color, observe the effects of light, try out different kinds of brushwork, and experiment with innovations such as the flattening of the picture plane.
Start with apples, pears, lemons, then move onto veggies like onions, garlic, eggplant, and finally try some more complicated forms like a bunch of grapes or a sliced melon. While we will begin with simple backgrounds, eventually you can give these more attention and detail. After painting a few single pieces of fruit, you will be able to set up a more complex still life, thinking about color relationships and composition.
Once you get the basics of painting from observation, you can try out different techniques. For instance, you can try painting your fruit in the style of a certain artist or art movement, like impressionism or post-impressionism.
The possibilities are endless! Feast your eyes on some of these gorgeous paintings!
Even if you are not interested in painting from observation, you will learn so much from the exercises to come. The principles can be applied to abstract and non-objective painting.
Which images appeal to you the most? Do you have a favorite artist who paints fruit?