Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Still Life Lemons French Fabric

" Lemons & Blue Olive Napkin "
Oil
6"x6"
Sold
Lots of sunny yellow in this little painting. I add cadmium yellow medium to my limited palette when I paint lemons, also yellow ocher as I find it faster to get the muted yellow-greens. I premixed all the colors for this painting. Decisions made..apply paint = fun! Well, sort of. Painting is hard, mental work that I wouldn't trade for any profession.

18 comments:

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

"Painting is hard, mental work that I wouldn't trade for any profession"

Hear, hear! I so agree and love the mental challenge of planning and executing a painting.

Thanks for the tips with achieving the yellow-greens of the lemons.

Liz

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Liz. The tone on this panel was raw umber..I usually like yellow oxide and after struggling with the darker undertone I will go back to raw sienna or yellow oxide..at least when the objects to be rendered are light in value. It took me a while to figure out why my cad yellows weren't behaving like usual. Duh! the toned panel was too dark. That's why I added yellow ochre to the mix.

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

classic jennifer. lovely. i am thrilled you have returned to your small paintings. i've missed your lemons. :)

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Christine. It feels good to be back at it. I ordered 100 6.6 & 6.8 panels, ready to be gessoed and toned. Having a stack looking back at me makes me stay committed.

ginnyntex said...

I've missed you small paintings, too. They brighten my day. This painting is beautiful. No one paints fabrics as well as you.

Virginia Floyd

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Ginny. I started sewing at age 9 so maybe all those years working with fabric paid off. Actually, I used to avoid using fabric in my paintings..not wanting to deal with painting folds. When I began "painting what I see, not what I know" it was a breakthrough and I will now tackle any subject.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Luscious and beautiful in every way. My most favorite of your subjects.
It is you who inspired me to paint fabric and I have just done my first stripes! suird

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Mary. I love pattern in anything. I will go check out your blog to see if you posted any "stripes"!

Karen Hargett said...

I love your all works but especially the lemons.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Karen. Lemons have it all, oblong, not too round..bright color, texture. I don't think I have ever heard someone say they dislike the taste of lemons.

Gwen Bell said...

Beautiful job on the lemons. Love both of these paintings and palettes.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Gwen. In hind sight I think it's too much yellow. The beauty of these little paintings is that not much time is invested..on to the next one.

Kristeena Crabb said...

Before I saw the title of the painting I thought, "Wow, this reminds me of Provence!" It's a lovely little piece and I'm not surprised it sold. There's something so universally appealing about blue and yellow and you've used them beautifully here.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Kristeena,
In advertising, blue and yellow are stand-out-on-the-shelf colors for packaging. Yellow makes us feel warm and light. I'm glad you like this painting and thanks for visiting my blog.

Simon Shawn Andrews said...

very nice. The fabric is great. I'm always looking for good fabrics... the one you have here has perfect colors for painters :)

bababububaby said...

you paint very good. I like your art

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Simon. I love collection fabrics..they aren't easy to find.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Bababububaby!

So glad you like my art!