I love painting fabric. It has a fascinating organic quality that’s a continual challenge to capture. So I’ve now painted most of the blue fabric, including the cast shadow from the bowl. The bowl itself, and the berries, are still just roughly blocked in.
The blackberries I started with have become pretty gross. I had planned to replace them with fresh blackberries. I am currently considering replacing them with cherries, because the blue color scheme is seeming a little monotonous (the bowl is white ceramic with a blue fish pattern).
A painting like this is at least 85% white paint. I am currently using Studio Products lead white, which I have not used much previously. It has a ropey texture that takes some getting used to, but I am starting to really like. When I first opened the tube it was very oily. I drained off the extra oil and now it’s just about perfect.