Fruit Still Life in Oils Part 4 – Adding Texture

In this lesson we will be adding some nice texture to the lemon using smaller brushes.

  1. Begin by applying small highlights in pure white using a small pointed brush.
  2. This will give you a reference point for the lightest tones – making it easier to judge the values of the darker halftone textures.
  1. Once you’ve added the white highlights, gradually mix darker yellows while applying a lot of small brush-strokes.
  2. The textures should get gradually darker as they go towards the shadow edge (just like the last part).
  1. Finally, add some lighter texture into the shadow and add some shadow tone into the dark halftones above the shadow edge.
  2. This will make the shadow edge the most contrasty and textured part.
  3. Leave to dry before we make a final pass over the piece to pull everything together.
Course Materials:
  • Small Canvas (stretched or board)
  • Easel
  • Palette
  • Palette Cups
  • Oil Paints
    • Titanium White
    • Cadmium Yellow (or equivalent bright yellow)
    • Burnt Umber
    • Raw Umber
    • Prussian Blue
    • Ivory Black
  • Various brushes (ideally a range of smaller and larger brushes, but whatever you have lying around will be fine)
  • Odourless mineral spirits
  • Linseed oil
  • Tape
  • Paper towel or rag for cleaning up