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How Beginners Can Compose & Paint A “Non-Boring” Still-Life

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Step 10: Painting A Liquid (Wine)

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To paint the wine, use the size 10 brush to mix Alizarin Crimson, Mineral Violet, Ultramarine Blue, and Cadmium Red Deep for a dark wine red. This will be the base color (a.k.a. “local color”) of the wine. Paint in the wine, adding a soft glow of Opera pink along the edge of the wine’s surface to suggest fluidity and translucency. Next, add more Ultramarine and Mineral Violet to the mixture, and paint a second layer on the bottom half of the wine so that the wine’s surface appears lighter than the bottom. If the paint is too thick, use a clean brush and a little water to lift out some paint, being careful not to scrub the paper too hard. Drop in some Payne’s Grey for darker areas along the bottom, and make sure to retain some of the translucency that watercolor paint has. Add any finishing touches to the wine and glass, for example the cast shadow of the stem that falls across the base, then erase any extraneous pencil lines in the dry areas of your painting.