"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, August 25, 2014

"Let's Make Lemonade"

This still life is the new lesson for my students at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  I finished it over the weekend.  It is from a source photo by Ellen in Ont which I found in the reference image file in Wet Canvas. 
The painting is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed Arches watercolor paper with mostly Holbein watercolors.

This painting tested my patience - I did not enjoy painting the lemons - and the slice of lemon in the front with the back-lighting was difficult for me. 

The background was also challenging since it was a patchwork of different textures and colors.

I am still not happy with the lemons and I know that my students will do much better on them than I!!!  I hope they enjoy it!


CrimsonLeaves said...

How beautifully you painted the light on that slice is the very first thing I noticed, Barb. I think it is such a pretty painting!

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks, Sherry! I will be totally honest - this one was not easy, but like you, I think the slice is the best part. Thank you for you always supportive comments!

Ginny Stiles said...

I could pick these lemons right off the paper, Barb. This is STUNNING.
I can SMELL these lemons.
You go girl.