We had just gone to Costco (love it/hate it) and bought one of those HUGE bags of limes for our weekend graduation party (No one can drink a Mexican beer without a slice of lime, right? It’s just not allowed), when I realized just what I really had in my hot little hands. That’s right. A painting opportunity! When we got home, the afternoon sun streamed through the juniper trees into my backyard and I realized that I just couldn’t pass up an chance to paint these beautiful orbs of green. My husband wondered what in the world I was doing as I carried out a wooden cutting board, my camera, a knife, Grandma’s bowl, and the bag of limes to the backyard. Though I think, by now, he pretty much gets that I have weird behavior. NEVER QUESTION AN ARTIST. Ok? We just have stuff going on and it may not make sense at the time, but maybe, eventually, it will become evident what we are doing. Well…I said MAYBE…
Anyway, I snapped off some photos of the limes:
Photo reference for lime painting. Taken in my back yard.
Next, I drew it out on a piece of watercolor paper that I had gessoed. Blue painter’s tape held the paper securely to GatorBoard to keep it from moving around and keep the edges down while I painted. Once the paper has been gessoed, it does not shrink, bubble or curl up like regular watercolor paper, so there is no need to soak and stretch the paper as is traditionally done. Here’s the drawing:
Drawing of Slice of Summer
As you might be able to see, I removed one of the limes from the background to keep visual confusion at a minimum. I also elevated the horizon line to the top third of the painting. This provided a contrast to the green of the lines and made the limes “pop”. Here is the finished painting:
Finished. A Slice of Summer. 8×8 unframed on gessoed watercolor paper. $30 today only.
I love the background purples. By spraying water into semi-wet watercolor and dabbing it off, amazing texture can result, which is exactly what happened here. The limes are fresh and bursting with citrus-y color. Enjoy the Thirty-Dollar Thursday, everyone! Message me if you want the lime painting for $30 today. These sell for $50 in my online store. First come, first serve! They have been selling like Hot Cakes every Thursday, so if you want it, jump on it right away.
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