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With their plump little segments, blackberries are full of rounded form and plenty of shine.

To paint form in a subject we need to capture it’s full tonal (or value) range – from it’s lightest shiniest highlights through to it’s darkest dark shadows.

And highlights in watercolour can be tricky because we can’t add them in at the end.

So in this video I show you the process I went through to create those shiny highlights and paint a blackberry that’s popping off the paper:

I hope you enjoy the video and are inspired to try painting your own blackberry. You can find a full video class of it in my online School and it’s also available as a project in my book Anna Mason’s Watercolour World.

13 Comments
  1. Ernest Galvan Jr. 3 months ago

    Thank you Anna for sharing the free video. I enjoyed it very much,

  2. Charlotte Bullock 3 months ago

    Awesome, there is nothing more fun than watching your watercolors come to life!!!!!! Thank goodness you are sharing your great talents with all of us, especially me.
    Charlotte Bullock, Bluff City, Tennessee

  3. Susan 3 months ago

    W O W !!! Amazing!

  4. Aisling 3 months ago

    Lovely video Anna

  5. Jennifer Willson 3 months ago

    Thank you for an excellent quick tutorial. I was a member of your school for 18mths, and thoroughly enjoyed being part of the school. I sadly had to leave as I was not managing to watch the tutorials successfully. It appeared that the Apple iPad was not compatible at that time.
    I did buy your book, and am continuing to paint. As yet I haven’t managed the time to paint this blackberry. It was great to watch this tutorial without the video breaking up and stopping.

  6. Mary McCauley 3 months ago

    Hi Anna, Your videos are so helpful! I am currently doing an illustration of a Colorado Blue Spruce “snagwood”. The bark is quite a challenge, but – your technique of value painting is really working to get that texture and depth of the old bark. I hope you can come back soon to teach at the Denver School of Botanic Art and Illustration again.

  7. Linda Thibault 3 months ago

    Thank you for your video. It is very helpful. I will have to try it. I noticed that you have a tablet holder on your table. I would be very interested in procuring one for myself. Can you tell me where you purchased yours. If possible, I would order one online as I am from Quebec, Canada. Thank you for all your help and once again thank you for your wonderful video.

  8. judith theriault 3 months ago

    Thank you so much Anna for staying connected with us. Could you please share what you use to draw you sketch on paper prior to painting…. Is is watercolor pencil or water soulable graphite or ? Thank you for your response.

  9. Marion Keene 3 months ago

    Yes, I have your book and have painted the Blackberry. My painting turned out well and is hanging on my wall.

  10. Prabha 3 months ago

    Thank you Anna for the video lesson. I like the way you get the highlights without using masking fluid. Rather difficult with water colours!

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