Friday, May 29, 2009


Oil on 5"x7" Ampersand Gessobord
Painting this cut lemon, I had such a craving for some lemonade. I think summer is just around the corner. I can't wait.
I've painted lemons before, but this time I used just 3 colors and white. Ultramarine blue, Alizarin Crimson, and Cadmium Yellow. I think using only a few colors makes painting a bit less confusing for me, and easier to understand.


  1. Very nice, especially the slice! I have always had trouble painting the shadows on lemons, maybe I will take your advice next time and use fewer colors.

  2. It's beautiful Deb. I never would have guessed the color palette was just four colors. I'd like to try that sometime.

  3. Wonderful paintings. When I was teaching plein Aire painting I strictly limited folks to 3 colors + white. It is amazing what can be accomplished with them. This lemon came out very nice. My gallery pardner sets up his still lifes in a shadow box with a light bulb inserted into it for lighting. I see you are set up in a box. Do you use the same lighting technique?
    God bless and happy painting

  4. Carol, Mona and Gary, thank you for your comments!! I love getting them.
    Gary, the "light box" I set up is a cardboard box with a floor lamp aimed at it from the front, and off to one side. I have seen some that have a light inside the top of the box, I'd like to try that sometime too.

  5. This makes my mouth water! Really beautiful.

  6. Ditto what everyone else said. Really effective painting, wonderful textures.


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