I'm posting all 3 variations here. Wasn't sure if I was going to post this first watercoour attempt at all, but fortunately I'm no longer as easily embarrassed by my mistakes as I was when, er, younger. It's my first attempt at watercolour in ages and I've only ever 'wet the brush' before, so please forgive the utter awkwardness of the piece. I did have tons of fun playing with the paints. It's just obvious that I need a LOT more practice!
Not one to give up easily on anything, I decided to get the watercolour pencils out and see if I could "fix" the above painting. Here's the result:
Love the vibrancy of the pencil colours! I may use these more often, they just zing off the page and they went on smoothly over the paint. It took longer to finish than I'd anticipated, but then isn't that true of anything worthwhile? It is far less detailed than it would have been had I started off with pencils, and is more a stylized version, but I'm not unhappy with the result.
I then placed it into photoshop, separated the tomatoes from the background to prepare them for uploading onto products at my stores, and then placed them back onto the digitally 'repainted' background once I'd cleaned them up a bit. Here's the result just so you can play "Spot the differences". You shouldn't really be able to spot them immediately, as the intention is to keep the cleaned up piece as close to the original as possible.
How did I do? Well, I'm definitely going to keep painting. Might try acrylics next but perhaps I'll find a less ambitious subject for my first piece. Cheers.