Last week on vacation I got started on cherries! They’re fun to paint because of the luscious color and the contrast between the plump fruit and the delicate stems.
I like to attack the darks with loads of pigment, just get down as much as I can and leave it. I did do a little layering with more concentrated paint on top (cadmium red for the red highlights, alizarin, prussian blue & Payne’s gray for the dark darks.) No masking fluid on these – the light highlights were saved or lifted while the paint was wet.