Crab Apples in Watercolour

When I recently ran an acrylic all-day class on autumn colours at Ware I was left with quite a few bits and pieces of foliage that had been brought in by everyone. One of the things was a pair of crab apples with a few withering leaves. After spotting it I immediately thought I have to paint them in watercolour!!

So here it is, what do you think?

Crab Apples

Crab Apples in Watercolour 12x9inches

The apples were painted wet-in-wet which is why the greens and reds fuse into one another. The leaves were a bit of a challenge as they were quite dry and crispy and had lots of folds. It was definitely a case of dark against light to get them to curl over. The leaf to the back of the branch was painted with a rigger brush to enable me to get the lacy look.


    • Marian Dawes on 28th November 2015 at 4:49 pm

    The crab apples looked so realistic. I especially liked your effect of the crispy leaves and twig.

      • Anne on 28th November 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks, I’m quite proud of the leaves.

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