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

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Step 5: Cast Shadow With Contrast

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For the lemon’s cast shadow (i.e. the shadow underneath the lemon), add Alizarin Crimson and a touch of Mineral Violet and Opera to the blue mixture, then paint in the shadow. You can do a slight overlap over the bottom of the lemon to help break up the uniformity of color in the shadows, and add contrast to your painting as purple is the complementary color to yellow. A small portion of this yellow is also reflected by the table, so to paint that, lift out a little purple near the bottom of the lemon using a clean brush, then add some yellow to the same area.