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How Beginners Can Compose & Paint A “Non-Boring” Still-Life

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Step 3: Painting The Lemon


Make sure your palette is clean before mixing the color of the lemon with the size 10 brush: Cadmium Yellow Light with a touch of Aureolin. Add a little more water than usual so the paint isn’t too saturated, then start painting the lemon. To get the dimpled texture of the lemon in the highlighted area, take some of the excess moisture out with a paper towel and “skip” the brush across the paper. The roughness of the paper (referred to as its “tooth”) will help create the dimpling effect. When done, use a little clean water to soften the area where yellow transitions to white.