Lemons #2

SAM_1786

Oil on canvas, 14″ x 18″

Spherical lemons and round reflecting plates are a real work-out to paint. I am more and more integrating the difficulty of still life painting and why it is and has always been such a standard in the learning process for painters: the accurate assessment of shapes, and their interaction; brush work; color mixing and color exploration; tonal values, so very important; line and how to introduce it, and to emphasize it or not; composition; light and dark and how far to push it, and the combination of patience and spontaneity above all…

All of this from a few lemons I picked up at the market the other day…

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