How to finish your painting of a basket.

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Art Lessons by Captain Watercolor Part 2 - Filling the basket with fruit


This is a big lesson, so its split into two parts. In this second part we will paint the tomatoes in and around the basket, and add shadows.


Shadows anchor objects to the environment. They are incredibly important to a painting, and here I will discuss a little about shadows and show you some tips about how to paint them in.


This second part of the lesson takes about ten minutes long, Once you know how, you can paint a basket like this very quickly. I paint a little version in only about fifteen minutes. It's small enough to fit on a "greeting card". That delights Mrs. Watercolor who gives them out pretty regularly.


This subject is mostly warm colors, the basket is a light brown, which is, dark yellowish orange, through dark orange. The tomatoes too, are orange.The shadow however, is a cool color, definitely blue, and that sets up a great one two color punch.

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Watercolor palette showing a warm and cool paint for each of the primary colors This is a map of the captains color
palette. See materials list below...

The map shows the location of each of the paints. The group on the left are the sedimentary colors. Those in the right are the non sedimentary colors. The palette is just a cut down ice cube tray.


...( sedimentary )

0 - Red

1 - Yellow

2 - Green

3 - Blue

...( non sed. )

4 - Cool Blue

5 - Warm Blue

6 - Warm Red

7 - Cool Red

8 - Warm Yellow

9 - Cool Yellow