|Meyer Lemons (resting stage)|
30 x 30
This painting has undergone a lot of changes as I've tried to capture the backlit, autumn leaf influenced lighting. The set up is against a north facing window, but the foliage in front of that window has heavily influenced the temperature of the light making it more warm than expected and creating quite cool shadows. A lot of cloud cover has acted as a diffuser and created soft edges.
The inspiration for the piece was the intense orange of the meyer lemons. For some reason, while I don't enjoy painting actual oranges, orange-coloured lemons are great subjects for me. Probably it has to do with texture; the lemons have a smooth, gleaming surface that catches light beautifully.
At the moment, I'm calling this piece done-ish. (so decisive!)
It has been on and off the easel often and my lemons have browned and shrivelled, but yesterday, the last piece fell into place. That background at the top was a muted blue and quite dead and heavy, having been many other colours and values from dark to light over the past couple of weeks. Yesterday, I realized that changing the colour to the greenish shadow colour in the lemons was a better call, and it immediately put some much needed air into the piece, as well as increasing the colour harmony.
But I won't call it done for sure until I've lived with it for a good while, and it won't leave the studio till I'm certain. The revisiting is the fun part and the most challenging.