"Lemons like Sunshine and Green Leaves" Oil on board, 5x7 inches
I bought some lemons, limes and grapefruit the other day because they remind me of warmer weather. I miss the sunshine and green leaves! Still only snow outside and empty trees.
I started this painting on a toned gessobord. It's the first time I used an orange tone, I mixed some red and yellow ochre acrylic paint, and thinned it down with water. I didn't think I'd like painting over the orange color. I mixed a nice light (oil) color for the background and when I put it over the orange it clashed so much I was tempted to change it. But, on my palette the color looked like what I wanted so I stuck with it, and once the painting was filled in, it looked really nice with the faint bits of orange showing through.
I liked it so much, I toned a couple more boards with the same color. Maybe I'll try a painting of those limes next!