Painting of the Day: Focusing on Mood

Boutique Onions5"x7" Oil on linen mounted to panel

Lemon on Blue 5"x7" Oil on linen mounted to panel

 

Simple and straight forward.

Here are two little 5 x 7 painting I did on consecutive days. Both took just under 1 hr. to complete.  With theLemon I was after contrast and color intensity. I really wanted the lemon to "pop". So it didn't seem pasted on the background, I pushed the yellow into the background and vs versa. I had fun with the glow around the lemon. With the onions,  I was after a much more subdued look. I kept the contrasts down and stuck with general earth tones.

 Both paintings have a nice balance of thick and thin paint.