IF LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS
watercolor on Fabriano Artistico paper
30 x 23 cm
Now that it is summer, Amalfi lemons are in season at my local market. They are grown on the hills of the Campania region, around Sorrento and Amalfi. They have a characteristic sweetness, a consequence of the volcanic soil, year-round warm temperatures, and perfect amounts of rain.
After rinsing the lemons, I set them on a kitchen towel to dry. As I went about, I would pause often to take in the soft delicate pastel colors. My purpose became to convey the soft light that comes in, with many variations of whites and neutrals to highlight the sunny yellow skin of the lemons.
It has also been helping me to do a warm up sketch before painting. I keep this sketch beside me to test colors before actually applying them.
my warm up sketch
When all of this is over, I have a whole book of baking recipes devoted to the fragrance of these lemons ... I need to get to work!