(on Arches Hot Press Watercolor paper - 140 lb)
The word 'basil' comes from the Greek meaning "king". Basil is commonly used fresh in cooked recipes. In general, it is added at the last moment, as cooking quickly destorys the flavor. The fresh herb can be kept for a short time in plastic bags in the refrigerator, or for alonger period in the freezer, after being blanched quickly in boiling water. The dried herb loses most of it flavor, and what little fllavor remains tastes very different.
(I painted this as part of a tutorial with Anna Mason from Watercolours With WOW).