Saturday, 7 January 2012

A pair of lemons

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.

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