Paint Apples a How to Paint an Apple | Oils Acrylics and Watercolor. How to paint an Apple is like a creation story for art. What an artist first picks up a brush and some paint and knows nothing, what do they paint? An Apple appears in the story of Adam and Eve and is simple beautiful contours and form. It is a fitting starting point and a fitting subject for a still life. Understanding form comes from a drawing and understanding color comes from understanding complementary color. Complementary color red apple is green and and red can be glazed with green to form the dark side of the Apple as well as the shadow.