Shadows. I just love'em! The more dramatic the better. I've learned so much while teaching color theory to my 8th graders. My shadows are almost never black or gray. The Impressionists taught us that the best shadows are made by blending the complimentary color of the object to it's shadow. These shadows have violets washed in with the blues.
"Cradled Lemons" Watercolor
Copyright © Carmella Tuliszewski 2011
This painting really got me hooked on still life set ups. After I finished this I was all over the house looking for all kinds of objects to put together and photograph.
I have a quote by Henry David Thoreau hanging in my classroom which reads,
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
An artist's work is about seeing. The blemishes on the top lemon, the yellow reflections of the lemons in the bowl and just a hint of highlighting. It's seeing all the little things that bring it all together.