Step by Step for a Pineapple picture

As a botanical artist I get asked to do commissions on specific subjects. Some people want an in depth picture that shows the plant in a very detailed way. This might verge on, or actually be for scientific purposes. Others just want to have their chosen plant displayed as it is in all its glory – such as this pineapple. Its name in latin is: Ananas comosus. The most common cultivar that you and I can buy in the shops is a “smooth cayenne”. Therefore I have called this picture ‘The cayenne smoothie’.

Whilst painting the picture in watercolour, I took a lot of photographs. Unfortunately they vary in quality, but I think that you will be able to see the progression of the pineapple from the first rough sketch until completion. Additionally, you will find a link to a YouTube video on the page of ‘My Tutorials’.

 

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The original pineapple – 1st of about five. I still haven’t gone off eating pineapples but they certainly lodge in your teeth!
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The first rough sketch
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Starting to refine my drawing
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The line drawing. This was transferred using the technique described in my blog.
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Starting off. I painted a segment at a time and lightly drew it in with a watercolour pencil as this would dissolve when watercolour was added.
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Once the outline was in, I started off wet-in-wet for the first layer. This changes the consistancy of the HP paper and after this I continue using more of a dry-brush technique.
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I added segment to segment, with my eye on the pineapple and how light affected the colours.
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Some of the segments had really changed into a golden colour, whereas many remained green for quite a while – relatively speaking.


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Once I had completed the pineapple itself I decided that althoughI had been aware of the change in tone round the pineapple, I needed more to improve the form. I did this with using glazes on top of what I had painted.
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Now starting the leaves. It was like strting a completely new painting needing different techniques. But I stuck to the main colours used in the base to create a whole. Believ it or not, it was mostly Cyan from Maimeri (same pigment as Winsor Blue Green shade) and Daniel Smith Quinicridone Gold. I also used some Perylene Maroon and Violet.

 

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The Cayenne Smoothie.

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