You may have seen the Little Basket post last month. I tend to use that little basket in a number of my paintings because I love pairing its texture with other items.
Oranges (or lemons) are another favorite. I like the intense colour, and the interesting texture they offer.
I didn't use an under-painting for this little guy, orange can quickly "muddy" so I chose to keep the area clean. Let me walk you through the steps.
1. Tape paper to board
2. Draw in orange with vine charcoal
3. Start with cool-darks
4. Add lighter blue where spots are quite cool
5. Introduce dark greens
6. Add lighter greens, and various orange colours
7. Continue with orange colours slowly working towards warmer hues
8. Cool-purple to background - loose strokes
9. Warming up with yellow-orange
10. Add light yellow to orange peel (don't use white)
11. Add a thin layer of a shade of yellow to the background to add depth and loosen up shadow
12. Touch up highlights and details
And there you have it. A little orange study. Something like this shouldn't take too long to complete and is a great way to loosen-up, or use as a warm-up before starting in on a larger painting.
To view a few more pics of Orange Study, this cutie is also for sale in my ETSY shop HERE.