March 15, 2011

"Lovely Lemons"

I remember over a year or so ago, when I painted my first painting ever of lemons from life.  I simply could NOT get the yellows right, especially as the lemons turned into shadow. The yellows appeared too gray, then too green, then too violet.  This little demo painting almost painted itself in half an hour.

It also occurs to me that I have made gains seeing and rendering edges.  I think my compositional skills may be improving too.  Or perhaps I'm just in a chipper mood.  Time will tell...but I suspect that this daily painting stuff really is a great skill booster.  This is a happy thing.



  1. I have trouble converting things from 3-d to 2-d. I'm in a still life painting class right now and I'm loving it. This painting is awesome and I just love your brushwork.

  2. Kimberly,

    There is no doubt that painting from life is tougher than from a photograph. I'll tell you what is tougher yet - trying to improve your painting skills without ever working from life.

    Glad to see you're on the journey - I hope you find it to be as productive a time as I have. Thanks for dropping a line.