Watercolor Illustration of Raspberry & Almond

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I am painting two realistic watercolor illustrations of Raspberry and covered with Dark Chocolate Almond for packaging design for my client.

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Blackcurrant Redcurrant – My Current Jam Labels

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Painting blackcurrant and redcurrant was fun. Those closely related berries brought some challenge for me as an artist. I had to juggle between botanical approach (e.g. realistic painting) yet still keep in mind that those tiny berries will be even tinier on the jam labels. So, in spite of my love to realism in watercolor, I had to simplify a little. 
I still wanted some details on the blackcurrant and redcurrant berries, so I painted them doubling the real size on paper. And when I painted, I had to step aside quite a bit in order to see the “whole picture” and not to get lost in the berry maze. 

It is interesting to note that when I painted blackcurrant, I had to apply red (Alizarin Crimson) as the first wash, in order for the black to have rather warm tint.
On another hand, when painting redcurrant, I used black and purple while red was still wet. That helped me to indicate transparency of the redcurrant berries, kind of see-through berry seeds feeling:

jam labels project
The jam labels project continues. I am not only eating lots of good fruits and berries, but definitely “killing” many birds with one stone: researching botanical structure of the fruits and berries, having good time painting with watercolors, and accomplishing a big important project.

Happy Birthday My Friend

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My Dear Friend from Russia turned slightly more than two times twenty last weekend. I made a virtual flowers bouquet for her and created a movie, where each shot (except the credits) represents one year of her life. 
Link to the Movie is HERE 
(or you can watch it by clicking the movie below).

 I chose a little bit nostalgic music made by a composer from Saint Petersburg as it reminded me the times when my friend and I were just 16 years old walking along the Neva River in a beautiful White Night; and, we were discussing way too complicated topics for the teenagers about life, love, and purpose.
Happy Birthday My Friend!!

In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul