Fearless Friday, Apricot Branch

 

 

I made a quick trip to the city this week

{up and back in 44 hours!}

I took care of top priorities, like hair, skin

and a social distance happy hour on the patio with BFFs

Things almost felt like normal…

 

 

 

 

Anyhooooo…

No time for painting the past few days

but I did take photographs while I was painting this apricot branch

for the May Doodlewash challenge last week

 

 

 

 

My reference photo is from Unsplash

 

 

 

 

I first positioned the apricots with a light wash

 

 

 

 

Then built up their colors with layers of different color washes

 

 

 

 

Next came the leaves

 

 

 

 

I always keep my color chart handy for reference

 

 

 

 

 

Then the color was deepened and the stem was indicated

 

 

 

 

 

The other three were finished adding layers of more color

and leaving a bit of white paper showing for highlights

 

 

 

 

Branches painted in

 

 

 

 

Darkening leaves

 

 

 

 

I decided to make the background ultramarine blue to really make the apricots pop

{blue is opposite orange on the color wheel, making it orange’s complementary color}

 

 

 

 

I finished with a bright wet in wet shadow and ink outlines

 

 

“Apricot Branch” 9″ x 12″ watercolor on 140 lb. Cold Pressed paper

 

 

Happy Painting!

Be Fearless!

 

🍑  🎨  🍑

 

Comments
16 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Apricot Branch”
  1. Jenna, that was a quick trip to the city for sure. I went to the salon last week and had a cut and color, it sure made me feel and look better.

    I love the apricot watercolor, the blue background really makes the apricot branch stand out! Happy Friday!

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  2. I always love how well you catch the light! Very nice, Jenna.

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  3. thefrenchhutch says:

    Love the apricot branch Jenna, lovely. I was thinking about you and coming back to the city. Glad you got your appointments out of the way and enjoyed a happy hour on the patio, sounds wonderful. I know you are looking forward to the holiday weekend. Have a great time……….

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  4. So glad you got time with your BFFs! Lovely peach Doodlewash. (Cool name!)

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

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  5. pattyanneart says:

    Beautiful, Jenna!! 😊💙 Great background color, really makes things pop!

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  6. lghiggins says:

    I love the way you use layers of color to add depth to the fruit.

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  7. Delicious painting, and I loved the explanations of why you were doing things. Sometimes I think painters/artists try to recreate reality instead of interpreting reality. We have cameras for that—i love your interpretation…and the blue background is perfect and fresh!

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  8. Mary says:

    Love seeing you artistic rendering of the apricots Jenna! I’m counting down the days until Friday when my hair can be cut and colored…nails and toes will be a couple of weeks later. I need to wear gloves and closed toe shoes until then 🙂

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