Mango and knife study

A watercolor sketchbook study in preparation for an oil painting. This sketch is 10″ x 7.25″
I bought the mango last week, attracted by its shape and color, but it wasn’t quite ripe yet. As it aged, it changed in wonderful ways, developing new speckles and coloration.

My patient husband looks at it longingly.
Are we having margaritas yet?
Any day now, dear, any day now …


  1. r.e.wolf
    September 27, 2006

    Chicago Cutlery? :) LOVE the coloration of the mango, especially the green-into-yellow end.

  2. TeriC
    September 27, 2006

    it does look good enough to cut and eat!! Wonderful shape and colors.

  3. Gladys
    September 27, 2006

    It’s great. Luv the highlights of the knife.

  4. Nina Johansson
    September 27, 2006

    Aaaw, my favourite fruit! You did extremely well on this one with all the speckles, and the colors are just right. Nice light in this painting too. Love it!

  5. Renate
    September 27, 2006

    Beautiful! I could pick it right from my screen.

  6. Suzanne
    September 27, 2006

    Karen- This is one of my favorites. I really like the way the splatters of watercolor reveal the mango’s ripeness.

  7. Karen
    September 27, 2006

    Ryan, yes, CC! I didn’t put the name on the handle but you guessed it!

    Thanks everyone for commenting …

    Wendy, I think our mangos come from Mexico or Central America. I wish we could get them for 20 cents each – I love them and they are great in margaritas!

  8. Rachel
    September 27, 2006

    Never tried them in margaritas, but they are a fav of mine…this is so beautiful, Karen.

  9. alison
    September 27, 2006

    Wonderful – such lovely skin texture.

  10. Nancy
    September 27, 2006

    Oh, that’s lovely. I’m especially drawn to the spatter! Lovely, subtle colours. I eat mangoes almost every day during the season, which goes on for a couple of months. Never thought of putting them into a margarita! Something for next year.

  11. Jana Bouc
    September 27, 2006

    Lovely and so fresh!

  12. Tami
    September 27, 2006

    This is great, Karen! I agree with everyone else, the splatters just perfect this! Now will ya go make margarita’s for poor husband!!!

  13. lin
    September 28, 2006


  14. Nancy Coler
    September 28, 2006

    I had to comment on this one Karen, because of the amazing realism! The light, the wooden handle, and the blade are yes, so CC! The mango is awesome!
    What do you use for splattering? You achieved such a fine spay. (Toothbrush, held upright is my guess. Am I right?)

  15. PAmela
    September 28, 2006

    I need to show that to my friend Deb who loves to do fruit, veggies…etc.

    She just did one of four peppers… and got a blue ribbon at the fair. Her ex-teacher ran into her and asked her about the shiny spots (highlights) and she admited to using white. Our teacher says NO WHITE


  16. Terry Banderas
    September 28, 2006

    You really nailed this one. It is perfect!.

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