A pair of lemons
Oil on Board (6x8in)
This small still-life posed quite a few problems. Yellow is a difficult colour to take into shadow as it so easily becomes muddy (mixing yellow with its complimentary produces a brown that makes the fruit look like it is rotting). So in my shadow I opted for the 'degraded yellow' route - yellow ochre and lent it towards the orange or the green where appropriate. The background started off a dulled dark blue as I thought this would set of the yellow but in the end I decided to flood it with some of the yellow which of course made it green; I hope it reads as if the lemons are emitting their own aura! All comments or tips greatly appreciated.