Sunday, February 8, 2009

"Valentine's Day Strawberry"

Watercolor on watercolor paper - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" (SOLD)

With Valentine's Day coming up I wanted to do a painting that had a lot of reds and pinks in it so doing a strawberry still life seemed like the obvious choice.

This was a bit difficult simply because of its size. The details had to be especially tiny.

I chose to use the ACEO (miniature art) format because strawberries are some of the quickest fruit to go bad. If I painted a much larger version the strawberry might have started to turn before I finished! The smaller the painting the quicker it gets done.

I'm not a fan of pinks myself but I tried adding a lot of peaches and soft purples to the background to help break it up. I do love the strawberry's light green, unripened crown. That's what made me want to paint this one in the first place.


Carol Nelson said...

THis is a great little painting. So much attention to details around the little seeds.
The blending/flowing of color that can only be achieved in watercolor is wonderful.

Dean Grey said...

Thanks Carol!

The seeds were tricky to paint just because they're so small! The super tiny highlights near the seeds are even smaller!

The small format of the painting helps too. It breaks up the monotony of all those larger works of art that can drag an artist down from time to time.

Thanks again!


Cathy said...

And it's also a good choice for Valentine's Day because the shape of a strawberry is very close to the one of a heart ;-)
I'm discovering your blog thanks to Fabio and I love your painting of fruits! I'll make sure to visit you again!

Dean Grey said...

Hi Cathy!

Welcome aboard!

Fábio does great work so I'm honored that you found me through his blog.

Thanks for the compliments on the strawberry!


Mona Diane Conner said...

I like the pinks behind the reds in this strawberry. It has a very inviting feeling.

Dean Grey said...

Thank you, Mona!

I'm not normally a fan of pinks but I like it here too.

I appreciate you stopping by!


Tammy's Studio said...

This reminds of when I took a picture of the sink full of strawberry stems about a year ago. I'm pulling it up and blogging about it today. I'll link to you for reminding me!

Dean Grey said...


I checked out your strawberry stems post!

Glad this ACEO reminded you of it!