Limes on the Side

"Limes on the Side"
8" x 10"
Oil on canvas panel
They were rolling off the table during my photo shoot.  I dropped one into the bowl and liked how the facet refracted the color. I put all of them into the bowl, except the two on the side. 

This is the companion piece to the smaller study I posted on February 11th.  My favorite part? The lime with the stem end pointing straight as us. She turned out exactly right. 

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Limes and Lace

"Limes and Lace"
6" x 6"
Oil on canvas panel
One week when limes were plentiful, I filled a crystal vase with them and had it ready to photograph on a piece of cut work lace. It seemed all too round, with the vase, the holes and a bunch of limes, so I cut into one.  Perfect.

This is a study to see if I can get the color for the limes right.  They look right in my studio light.  I'll work on the actual piece over the next few weeks.  The vase is going to be the hard part now. Although, I've painted it many times before.

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Peonies, Lilacs and Limes

Peonies, Lilacs and Limes
18" x 24"
Oil on canvas 
I filled my favorite bowl with the last peonies of the season and the first of the hedge lilacs in my neighborhood. The fragrance was heady while I shot my reference photos. When I finished I sliced a lime to squeeze into a glass of seltzer.  One of the key limes rolled into my setup, so I shot one last photo.

The composition of this painting is daring.  It's an inverted triangle, to begin with. There are soft balls, hard balls, pink balls, green balls, crystal balls, ruffled petals and rumpled cloth. And it's painted in my favorite set of complements, red and green.  It's also cropped just like this—equidistant from every edge.  Formal in its presentation, yet casual and inviting.

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