How to paint a green and red apple – without making it brown

It’s apple season! Yum.

But have you ever taken a close look?

They so often feature really distinctive red AND green patterns.  And using red and green watercolours together = brown. Right?

Well, not if you’re careful. In this watercolor technique tip video I’ll show you how to tackle this tricky subject so that the colours work together without muddying up:

I’d love to hear if you’ve struggled with this kind of subject before, or have your own tips for how to handle it.  Do let me know in the comments. And please make sure you post any apples you do to social media using #AnnaMasonArt to inspire us.

This apple is available as a step-by-step tutorial in my online School. Click here for more details about the School. Oh and see if you can spot my lovely dog Dexter in my video!

Happy painting!

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  1. Phil on October 3, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I love the way you are able to keep the reds and greens separate.

  2. Evelyn on October 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Thank you for those great tips! I’m a beginner and trying to learn. Kept these videos coming!

  3. Kay Griffin on October 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Great video, thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Charmian Francis on October 3, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you, Anna. I love your bits of wisdom and technique! I always come away with new knowledge and appreciation of the art. Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Patti on October 3, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    I really enjoyed the red and green apple video! Bringing in the yellow ocher, and being patient about letting things dry COMPLETELY really opened my eyes. I can’t wait to try this on my own now! Thank you!

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  7. Apple 'Tortosh' 2 - Anna Mason Art on October 4, 2014 at 11:08 pm

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  8. Gwen Viney on December 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Lovely most informative work

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