Peaches are one of my favourite fruits in the summer – juicy, colourful and delicious! They’re also extremely easy for beginners to paint in watercolour. You can use wet on wet details to create the fleshy insides and lay it out into a fresh composition. Grab your supplies and let’s get painting!
Watercolour supplies you need
- Watercolour paper
- Watercolour paints
- Brushes (medium and small for details)
- Water jars
- Paper towels or cloth
Choose any colours you like!
- Lemon Yellow Deep
- Cadmium Orange
- Winsor Red Deep
- Burnt Umber
Painting peaches step by step
- Load up your watercolour brush with a watery light yellow mixture. Paint the inside of the peaches first – a long semi-circle for the slice, and a heart-shape with a round bottom and a hole in the middle for the half fruit.
- Using an orange red mixture on a fine brush, run around the outside of the peach to create the skin. Allow to bleed out naturally – try to avoid forcing it as the effects are much better when it’s natural.
- Add a brown stem and connect to the top of the peach half.
- Mix up a deeper red colour and outline the centre of the peach half. Then create little flicks along the segment, to build up texture. Again, let this blend out naturally.
- When it’s dry, grab a brown colour on a fine brush and create the stone in the middle. Drag the brush back and forth to create lines, leaving a little white space in places. Aim for a rough oval shape, and darken some of the lines.
And you’re finished! This is such an easy way to paint a peach in watercolour – you can use this technique to build out a whole-page composition.
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