How to paint a realistic branch in watercolour

Sometimes when you paint something yummy, like this peach, the branch it hangs from can often be overlooked.

It’s the same when painting blossom.

But if you get it wrong, a badly executed branch can really detract from your otherwise-loved painting.

So in this video I wanted to show you how I painted this particular branch in lots of detail.

The branch is from this peach painting which I painted from my latest Craftsy class!

I hope it helps you get ALL of your painting looking good!

Happy painting,


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  1. June Covey on April 28, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Thank you Anna – this is very useful – branches and twigs are so important and an area that I sometimes struggle with. The fruit looks very fluffy. Will look at craftsy site

  2. Cecil on April 28, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    How long did it take for you to finish this piece?

  3. Melanie on April 28, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Very informative, as always. I enjoy adding branches and twigs but do struggle with them. I have thoroughly enjoyed your advice about painting lightest tones then darkest tones, an invaluable tip that has helped balance my paintings immensely. Thank you!

  4. Lainie Hadlow on April 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you Anna, this is very helpful. I always struggle with getting the right balance of tones in my branches and stems, so hopefully I can follow your tips and struggle no more.

  5. Anne on April 28, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Thank you! Can’t wait to paint the peach.

  6. Jill Bernard on April 29, 2016 at 12:30 am

    I really enjoyed that. I liked all the mixes of paints. Very good tips. Thank you Anna.

  7. Layne on April 29, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Thank you Anna ,I. Do tend to be a bit lazy with branches and twigs I have just finished a blue ti sitting on a branch and I shall now re do it .

  8. Stephanie Fenske on April 29, 2016 at 3:31 am

    Thanks For sharing Anna,
    Nice tip

  9. Mary Barnett on April 29, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Thank you Anna for covering this as I have always struggled with making a branch look realistic.

  10. Joy Nash on April 29, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks Anna very useful info for branches. As a beginner it can be daunting to know what colours to mix for the look you need it has to look realistic so I need all help I can get thanks
    Once again.

  11. Aneta on May 4, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Hello Anna, can you please tell me what kind of paint do you use? I really don’t know. 😀

  12. Richa on May 5, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Thanks Anna . Helpful tip as always. BTW peach is absolutely amazing

  13. RB on May 9, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    I can feel the fuzziness of that peach. It looks incredible.

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