Lemons in Gouache

Its been a long time since I picked up my gouache paints but I had a good time tonight painting lemons in gouache. I was wanting to focus on the simple planes of lemons but that’s not exactly what happened.

I wouldn’t have thought it before I started working on it, but trying to see the simple planes of objects is really difficult for me. A lot of times I feel like I’m making stuff up. The shift from one plane to the next in most cases is very subtle and I feel like instead of making the change with a value shift I need to make it with a slightly different hue. This is especially true for the half tone area on these lemons.

Of course now when I look at the images of these lemons I can see the shift a bit more clearer. I also see how dark the underside of the lemons are in relation to their shadows. I can’t always lean on photos to help with painting but for these still life works I think I need to utilize the tech to help me visualize things like this.

lemons in gouache: setup
lemons in gouache: subject

Session Details

  • Session: 1123
  • Work: 949
  • Width: 6"
  • Height: 4"
  • Medium: Gouache
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1.75
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Christopher Beaven

Christopher Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."

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