Lemons and Cake

Oil on paper, 8×8 inches, December 20, 2020

I bought three lemons after the half-yellow sphere lesson taught by value and colour expert Paul Foxton featured in my “Don’t Desaturate, Greyscale!” post.

The key ingredient in the lemons is Michael Harding Bright Yellow Lake PY3.

I had a fun time frosting the cake with a palette knife and mixing the pretty colors.  Also the reflections were fun and i worked from life and didn’t draw anything first, just painted.

That is not a cake stand at all, lol, I’m not even sure what it is, a raised candy dish?  I like the shape of it and bought it at Goodwill.  I will see if i can put it to more proper use ;)

As you can see, I had high hopes at the beginning for two flowers but chickened out felt they were too complex for me at this point, which was last winter…  

I haven’t done much oil painting this year, hung on a bit with gouache and lately acrylics.

As I was writing this post, I realized that I posted this on Instagram and the blog one year to the day of painting it.  Crazy coincidence or sign from God?  The latter I think. 


All the ingredients showing (Gamsol not pictured and I believe it is Arches Oil Painting Paper, I'll double check...)

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