Monday, December 15, 2008

Lemon Juice

oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
I should stop trying to photograph work at night! Its a total lost cause! Still here is today's still life and once again the colours are not quite right. The background is definitely not that dark! I think the lemon is much richer IRL. Another thing about painting at night is that I am never sure what the picture will look like in daylight. I wish I worked a night shift so I could paint in the daylight! If I could only find a decent daylight bulb! Someone once said to me not to worry about painting at night and what the picture looks like in daylight because very few people hang their pictures in direct daylight.

I heard today that the portrait of "Leon" arrived safely and that he was very pleased with it. He has promised me a photo of it when its framed.

"I just received the portrait. Unbelievable. It is stunning. I am seriously and utterly impressed. I cannot begin to thank you. I’ve no doubt my Mom will cry when she gets it."


Mary said...

Anita, I love the mood in this, it reminds me of the chiaroscuro's of the 17th century.

I can imagine that Leon's mother would cry, you gave that portrait a strong beautiful expression.

Jeanette said...

Isn't it great when you get a fabulous comment like that? And its well deserved in this case. You did a wonderful job on that portrait.

I like the subtle lighting in the lemon too. But night lighting, isn't it just soooo frustrating? I look forward to a Christmas break so I can photograph things in daylight!

Anita said...

Mary - it was interesting painting this. I've had real problems using yellows and doing lemons with pastels but somehow it seemed easier with paint. Wonder if something will click if I go back to try the pastels again.

Jeanette - I am planning some time off over Christmas too and can't wait for the daylight!

Annie said...

I like this painting - it's very atmospheric. The Ronda one is very good too. I admire your determination to only work from life - I absolutely agree that it is best, but I do get tempted to use photos sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Very pretty Anita.
My eye is drawn around by the three primaries. The highlights also keep my eye moving around the curved forms. You developed the lemon quite beautifully. The pastel work paid off.

Anita said...

Annie - its amazing what you learn from painting from life - so much more than from photos. I have also found that it takes a completely different approach.

Robin - it was interesting suddenly finding myself thinking the same wasy as I do when I do the pastels.

Robyn said...

Your colour sense is really heightened, Anita. I think this work with the lemon is one of the most beautiful of this series of daily paintings.

Ha, I knew your subject (Leon) would be blown away by his portrait! Wonderful!

Anita said...

Robyn - Its so nice to be coming to terms with colour though I still have a lot more to learn.

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