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Still Life: Vitamin C - Oranges

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

Lesson objectives: complementary colors, dry brush, rough paper.

Colors: Hansa yellow, yellow ochre, orange, burnt sienna, cobalt blue, perm rose.

Step 1: Sketch the outline of the oranges and paint the shadows with a mix of cobalt blue and a touch of perm rose or alizarin crimson.

Step 2: Paint the cut oranges’ top with a light wash of yellow. Use a brush with a fine tip and leave some tiny white spaces as shown.

Step 3: Paint the peel of the half oranges. Paint light to dark. Start with a yellow-orange mix and add more paint and a touch of burnt sienna for the bottom part.

Step 4: Continue to paint the peel as shown in the picture.

Step 5: After the paint has dried, mix dark orange with burnt sienna. Create texture by using an almost dry brush flat on the surface. You can add a few dots of B.S. on dry paint!

Step 6: Make orange juice and drink it.

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