Fruit and Creativity

Painting and photographing fruit has always been a popular idea for aspiring creators. The reason for this is because of the many shapes, textures, and colors that are found in a fruit bowl. Then you add in the lighting and shadows and it makes it more of a challenge to paint or photograph. You have to capture it, make it look real, and show its true beauty. Are you ready to tackle fruit art?

Setting Up the Perfect Photo

Variety will be the key to a fruit bowl. You will want contrasting colors and fruits that are a variety of shapes. If you prefer to use just a single piece of fruit, you can easily do this and make use of the shadows that lights will provide it with. Pineapples are a very popular single fruit because they pose a challenge to the artist, especially when painting. Either way, you choose to go with it, you should try lighting that comes in from different directions. It may take a time or two, but you will find a lighting solution that appeals to you and makes a statement for you.


You will want to have enough light around and focused on the fruit bowl or single piece of fruit to ensure that you do not need a flash. This will make the photo look more natural than if you flash it with your camera’s flash. You may also want to try a macro shot of certain areas to see if you can capture a photo of the texture.

Painting Fruit

When painting fruit, you will need to use a variety of colors and brushes to give it the textures that you want. You will need to blend the shadows and make use of where the light is focused on it. It will not be easy to do and you will want to make sure that you can keep the lighting consistent from start to finish.