Lonely Lemon Half

4"x6" oil on raymar panel. A lemon's translucence makes it tricky to paint. Light enters the middle of the lemon and bounces around making values tough to judge. Just as with dark hues, you have to slow down and really look at what's going on. Since the usual challenge is values, it sometimes helps to squint. Of course, the most scientific method is to just get up, take a good long look at the painting, slowly walk back in forth in front of the easel, and then... go get a mug of coffee. Hey, works for me.
Posted November 17, 2009
sold • private collection shady side, md
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