Lemon Gathering, oil pastel

First time for everything right?  My latest oil pastel painting Lemon Gathering has a few firsts for me – 1st time painting lemons and a glass bowl.

Lemon Gathering (8×8) was painted on Mi-Teintes cream tinted pastel paper using Sennelier oil pastels and several Holbeins.  Look at a lemon long enough and a variety of colors begin to show themselves, so while the foundation of the lemons are yellow I decided to dramatize this piece a bit and intensify the colors.  Brighter than what I normally paint, but it fit the vision I had for the painting.

Lemon Gathering

A wonderful photographer and artist, Lillian Bell from pmp, provided a beautiful photograph as the reference image for this painting – although used as inspiration, much was changed from the original source.


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37 Responses to Lemon Gathering, oil pastel

  1. Well done, Mary!! I love the lemons and the bright colors. Must’ve been a challenge to paint glass, but it looks great

  2. speaking from a little experience, painting glass is incredibly difficult. the reflections in the bowl are so perfectly detailed, and a nice compliment to the knobby lemons. bravo, Mary!

  3. Francesca says:

    Gorgeous, Mary! I love that touch of dark orange/brown on the lemons. Simply brilliant!

  4. Glass is endlessly fascinating…not only is it reflective, like metals and polished or wet objects, but it is transparent/translucent at the same time. Good job!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cynthia, thanks – I agree how fascinating glass is, for me it’s also intimidating, so this painting gave me a good challenge and lesson. It was that old artist saying, paint what you see – not what you think is there. I had to keep reminding myself, that the surface was a smooth as silk and yet had all those qualities you mention, so that the end piece didn’t look choppy.

  5. Well, you’ve got both the lemons AND the glass:) I especially love the glass. Less is often more in rendering great glass, and you’ve got it!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Elena. There were a few scrape downs with the glass – you are right, it was really easy to overdo it. I learned a lot about glass with this piece.

  6. poppytump says:

    So refreshing Mary ! Something about lemons always makes the mouth water Lol
    Would never have guessed it was a first for you ! The translucency of the bowl you have caught perfectly … how marvellous 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Poppy – the sight of lemons do, don’t they? Thank you for mentioning the bowl, I learned a lot about painting glass with this piece because the reflections and glare are so different than a straight-lined vase.

  7. ladyfi says:

    A wonderful splash of colour!

  8. Jackie says:

    Wonderful work! I really like it a lot. 🙂

  9. dorannrule says:

    That is amazing – the unexpected ability to see through glass in a painting. Great work Mary! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Dorann, thank you so much – really appreciate hearing from you. The glass was interesting and I want to paint another soon to keep working on the technique. I just noticed yesterday for some reason my follow on your blog was shut off – can’t understand it, but I have been wondering why you weren’t posting to your blog (ha, little did I know).

  10. Gallivanta says:

    Oh, well done with the glass bowl. Lemons are lovely too, and, of course, I am always happy when I see blue anywhere.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much for your nice comments and noticing the glass bowl. The blue was chosen because the original had a cream colored tablecloth and I didn’t have that “ah” factor I was looking for – I love playing up blue.

  11. Painting for Joy says:

    I think you did a fabulous job Mary! I love the color palette!

  12. delimaf says:

    Great, Mary!!! 🙂

  13. Beautifully radiant lemons, Mary!!! 🙂 xx

  14. lulu says:

    Love the contrasts and texture in this piece.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Lulu, thank you for your nice comments. I painted on the more-textured side of the pastel paper – hoping that the texture would work with the lemons. Thanks for mentioning!

  15. nutsfortreasure says:

    I love the bowl! some day I hope to get good at shading 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Eunice for mentioning the bowl that was the real test for me with this piece. Figures out it was all about values, and smooth-smooth patches of reflective colors. I should probably do several more crystal bowls and vases to gain more confidence.

  16. Wonderful job on these lemons. I love the bright colors. Isn’t it amazing when we really look at something and like you did with the lemons, see so many colors? I find that all the time I look, but I don’t see.

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