Friday, April 11, 2008

" Lemon with Salt & Pepper "
Oil
6" x 6"
I wanted to paint something metalllic and was attracted to my stove top salt and pepper shakers. Then I looked for color that would reflect, choosing my favorite dish towel and a single lemon. It took patience to really look and see all the little reflections that gave depth to the painting. I had green paper lining the right wall so that bounced some complimentary color into the set-up. I like the results. I purposely did very little blending, instead letting the eye do most of the work.
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12 comments:

Frank Gardner said...

Wow! Tough one to paint, but you did it. You are right about that green and it ties in with that little stem nub on the lemon. I like the combo of less blending on the shakers and more on the towel and lemon.
Your dish towels are so much nicer than ours.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Frank. Actually, I need to shop for new dish towels as the kitchen drawer is nearly empty because I keep taking them to the studio where they land in my fabric stash pile. It is not easy to find well designed dish towels. But then maybe the ones I end up liking are because they are very old and stained and drape well.

Cindy said...

Love the reflections on the metal! Nice one...

E. Floyd said...

Just beautiful! Masterful use of the reflections to emphasize and reinforce the composition.

Marsha Robinett said...

Just beautiful...love the reflections. Great use of light and color. You just keep getting better and better.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Looks like we artists just get sucked into objects that reflect like viewers do. But as artists we see and use the relected colors and shapes to design our paintings where the viewer or non-artist is fascinated in "how do you paint metal?" I had another view of this set up, looking down at the objects but in reviewing it I decided against painting it. The lemon reflection could not be seen and I couldn't figure out how to repeat that large yellow shape. Anyway, my attention had already wandered onto something else! Thanks, E., Cindy and Marsha for visiting!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Jennifer, you hit them out of the park every time. When this opened up my jaw dropped.
I like to paint glass for a demo because people are bamboozled by it when to me, it's shapes. It took a long time to be able to see that though.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Mary. I think what I like about the small format 6x6 or 6x8 is that when posted, if it works it feels like a much bigger painting, which I have always felt a good indicator of good composition.

Jason Waskey said...

Great job Jennifer! I particularly like the continuous line of the bottom of the lemon and the dish towel...

kim shields said...

The metal and lemons are great! You did a fantastic job with the reflections. Don't you just love looking past the surface and seeing shapes and colors and Wah La you have painted the reflections.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks Jason,
That continuous line, I felt it was the one weak part..I wanted the lemon to go a bit to the left to break the line more..but I was too far into the painting to make the change. Glad you like it.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks Kim,
Yes, painting shapes of color is what I work at/strive for. Nine times out of ten, if you match the color to what you see, the value is correct, too. Simplifies things, especially when looking at complex shapes. Thanks for stopping by!