With such an influx of berries this year I just had to do some studies of them. I drew rose hips ,hawthorn, and red chokeberry mainly,but the Cotoneasters and Sorbus are full of berries too,great for the birds. Berries are great for showing dull and shiny high lights which are left as the white paper.They also have reflected light on them too. I bought a new paint from Winsor and Newton - Winsor red deep which is PR 264 ,perfect for these berries.
|Chokeberry,dissected hip and honeysuckle|
I lost patience with the chokeberry and used extra gum arabic on the honeysuckle berries-to make them look sticky-um, it didn't work very well!!
|Rose hips study|
Above I drew both the Rosa rugosa and the Rosa canina -(dog rose) ,with dissections. The dog rose hips are loaded with anti-oxidants especially vitamin C and can be used to make jams and jellies.
I hope to start a painting of some of these berries soon.
A while ago I did a light fast test on some of my paints mainly the magenta colours-
Lots of different Pv19's,Pr 206,Pr188,Pr122,Pv 23,Pv15,Pv14,Py3 and Pr122 + flourescent which is Opera rose/pink.They are a mix of Winsor and Newtons and Daler rowneys.(Py3 was Sennelier).
The paint swatches were left in sunlight for 6 months. All of them except one was absolutely fine!
Of course -the Opera!!
The top half was covered- you can see a distinct line in the center and the bottom half has faded in the light. It is very noticable in reality - maybe not so much in the photo! I'm sure that people wouldn't hang originals in sunlight anyway (hope!).