Christmas Day 2013 and I actually have a little time on my hands … so it is off to the studio. Not thinking I would have this time to play, I am not prepared mentally to paint. However, it is quiet and the sun has made the space warm and inviting.
Two weeks ago, I was invited to paint with two other artists at a friend’s studio where she set up two lovely still lifes; this one with Meyer lemons, grapes and the lovely little blue pottery pot won my attention. On location, I worked on the vertical 5” x 7” study. Taking reference photos, I chose to paint a horizontal 9” x 12” of the whole scene.
This morning I decided to zoom into the scene and focus on painting the lemons only. Interesting, when you paint the same subject over and over, you become very intimate with each object. It is like visiting an old friend, there is something to be said for recognizing the comfort you feel from familiarity. Reaching for just the right pastel to create a lavender shadow or the bright highlight on the lemon is rather satisfying.
I have to admit, it was a real treat having this unexpected “gift” of time on Christmas morning to visit this lovely still life scene and to see with new eyes as I focused on this trio of beauties.