Saturday, August 23, 2008

Still Life with Lemons I

" Still Life with Lemons I "
Oil
42"x44"
I don't know where the summer has gone! But, here it is nearly September and I haven't posted many daily paintings. I thought I would post a few of my larger works until I get the daily thing going again. Just sent my son off to college, a junior this year. It was wonderful having him at home, working locally as a bike mechanic in a local sports shop.
This oil sold at the first of two summer shows to a collector who lives in Florida and grows oranges. I painted it a few years ago and I will miss having it in my studio. You can see that I love fabrics. This one is my interpretation of a vintage William Morris tapestry. The tapestry was green and golds, but I changed the colors because I felt the blue violet worked with the lemons and mandarins.
Private Collection

8 comments:

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Your work is just so fantastic that I'm sharing my Art y Pico Award with you by linking you in my latest blog post.

Kellie Hill said...

This piece is so beautiful! The feeling of light is just wonderful, I guess I see it most in the way you used the reflected colors of the lemons and the mandarins and their compliments on the white plate... I understand what you mean about missing it, now that it's sold :)

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks so much for sharing your Art y Pico Award with me. Having an art blog has been a great way to meet other artists & patrons, share our work and thoughts. It's quite a remarkable way to connect with people!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Kellie. I love using white plates and bowls to take advantage of the reflected and bounced light from my set-ups. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Maria's Photos said...

I just enjoyed your entire blog and every single painting in it. The small 6 x 6 size is just perfect for your paintings of fruit. I discovered your blog from Mary Sheehan Winn and plan to visit often to continue seeing your "painting of the day". Congratulations on a beautiful blog!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks so much Maria. I saw another artist's blog today (Vince Fazio) and loved his still lifes of river rock. Having a fear of painting rocks I thought I would give them a try as a subject. I have a pile of rocks that we have collected on hikes over the years, too.

Susan Carlin said...

Jennifer! This painting speeds my heart rate to a fast rumba beat. Zing! I imagine selling it was difficult.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Susan. I'm glad you are "moved" by this painting. There is a lot going on. While the lemons hold center stage, the mandarins do their part calm all the yellow down. Then there are the leaves in the corners to lead the eye around, lots of white to calm things down a bit and the busy pattern of the cloth adds unity. It was a fun painting to paint!