Sunday, March 25, 2012

Summer Citrus

Summer Citrus  Acrylic on Canvas  16 x 16  $500

This still life was painted from a series of photos I shot in my garden last summer. I loved the light reflections on the glaze of the pitcher, the bowl and the fruit. There was a lot of light play on the tablecloth as well. I enjoyed interpreting the various components in the colour scheme of blue and yellow, carried through in the tablecloth, and the fence and foliage in the background. I think the final effect is quite harmonious.

My Tuesday night Still Life Painting Class had a go at this image as well. They had a photograph to take home and work on for a few weeks, between our painting from life studies each week. I was very pleased and impressed with the results. Unfortunately I didn't get any shots of their work, but they're a bit shy anyhow. 

I'm getting ready to hang a show this upcoming Sunday April 1st, for the Oak Bay Artists Society. A group of sixteen of us, is having a show at the CAC Gallery at Cedar Hill, April 1 - 8. This is a preview show for the Oak Bay Artists Spring Studio Tour, taking place on April 14 & 15, 12 noon - 4:30pm. Both shows feature some wonderfully talented artists and a host of mediums. If you're in the area, drop by and say hi! We'd love to see you!



  1. Another gorgeous piece, Claire!!! I love everything about this one...the color of the pitcher...the fruit and my goodness, the lace is fantastic! I can see the show will be absolutely beautiful..the best with it!!!

  2. Hello Claire,
    excellent still life, beautiful painting!
    A hug

  3. Ma très chère Claire, cette dernière peinture est E X T R A O R D I N A I R E...
    La composition est formidable, le travail, n'en parlons pas ! un grand raffinement... les couleurs sont superbement nuancées et la lumière bien caresser admirablement votre travail.
    J'aime le travail de la dentelle. La barrière bleue au fond apporte une grande profondeur à cette peinture. Je vous félicite et je suis très admirative.
    Je vous envoie de gros bisous.

    Ps : je vous souhaite tout plein de bonne choses et de belles rencontres pour cette prochaine exposition.

  4. Thank you so much Hilda, Antonio and Martine! Your comments are so very much appreciated!

  5. Oh wow! This is really fabulous Claire, I just love the colors in this painting and how you kept it down to only four of them , wonderful light , too!

  6. Thank you Jane. We read all the time about the limited palette, and it really does lend harmony to a work. I'm pleased with the results in this one.

  7. Hello, I just discovered your blog and I really love your work! Will visit often.
    All the best!

  8. Beautiful, Claire! I love the play of colors in all of your whites . . . you've really captured the dappled light perfectly!