Lemons!

I genuinely love lemons! Every morning I take a lemon, slice it in half, and squeeze out the juice into a glass of warm water for me to drink. It’s very refreshing and helps wake me up in addition to whatever caffeine I may later consume. Therefore, I thought it was only appropriate to pay homage to my favorite fruit with a couple of paintings.

My goal with this first oil painting was to try and walk the line between representation and abstraction. For this one, I used only a palette knife and directional marks to guide the composition. Texture is my favorite part about an oil painting and I believe textural approaches to oil paintings are vastly underutilized.

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Two Lemons,” oil on Ampersand Gessobord, 6″ x 6″, Daniel A. Alfonso

For the next painting, I chose watercolors, as my inexperience with the medium demands a significant amount of focused practice in order for me to improve. I learned quite a bit from this painting, but I think a limiting factor for me right now is the Canson paper I’m using; it’s just not very good for wet-on-wet techniques, in my opinion. I’m going to try and pick up some Arches paper during my next trip to the art store.

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Three Lemons,” watercolor on Canson 140lb cold press, 5.5″ x 8.5″, Daniel A. Alfonso

Best,

-Daniel

 

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10 comments

  1. I also enjoy drinking fresh lemon in water most mornings although I prefer with boiling water. It really is a great way to start the day!
    Your paintings are brilliant – I find the texture in the oil painting quite interesting and your watercolour is very well done!

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  2. Love the tree lemons, I can almost taste them. Love lemons in my chicken soup. You did an awesome job with them.

    Daniel, I had nothing but trouble with the Canson paper. Is great for polychromos pencils. Try Fabriano Artistico fine grain. A bit more money but once you paint in it, you won’t go back to Canson. Arches is also great to work with.

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  3. As a complete novice to art–and an old lady to boot–I enjoy the art you share. I was taking lesson no, but I think my art teacher dropped me for indecisiveness (trouble choose subjects–she can’t understand that). So I have been working on my own, with books, an occasional criticism from one or two artist friends, and YouTube. Thanks for sharing your work. It gives me ideas to try.

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    • For me, choosing a subject is also the most difficult part of artmaking. I often spend just as much time planning my subjects and compositions as I do actually painting it. That’s why it’s very important to immerse yourself in the art world by researching other artists, keeping a collection of images and ideas, and reading about techniques in order to generate stocks of material to work from.

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  4. I like that you’re playing with moving back and forth between mediums. I find watercolors less satisfying to paint with because I miss the “gush” of oils and acrylics. There’s something so satisfyingly tactile in the thicker mediums, though I do enjoy the immediacy watercolors can lend. Keep playing!

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