Fearless Friday, A Squeeze of Lemon

A little fun with acrylics today,

let’s paint a cold drink to enjoy in the summertime!

Pixabay and Unsplash are great sources for free photos

for painting inspiration

Just type what you are looking for in the search bar,

like “cold drink”

and pages of images will pop up for you to peruse

This painting was done with a photo from Pixabay here

I started with a canvas that I painted with black gesso

I established the jar with a few quick strokes

Next I painted the background with indigo blue,

ultramarine blue, white and a touch of turquoise

I loaded a brush with raw sienna, cad yellow medium, and white

to paint the surface the jar is sitting on

Next a lemon wedge was added on the rim

then the jar was “filled” with a creamsicle colored beverage

A couple of straws for sipping

Bubble shapes were painted in the background for interest

along with some herbal leaves next to the jar

More bubbles with varying shades of blues and greens

I added highlights to the jar and colored shadows

At this point, I was not happy with it

and decided to put my brushes away

There is often a stage in a painting when you get frustrated,

and want to give up and toss it away…

This is commonly known as “the ugly stage”

The best thing to do is STOP, walk away

and come back to it later with fresh eyes

The next day I decided it needed another lemon wedge or two

And with a matter of a few strokes,

a lemon wedge, a wedge of lime, a few lemon seeds,

a few more bubbles in the background, adjusting the highlights on the jar

and adding highlights on the herb leaves,

I was happy and this painting was done!

“Squeeze of Lemon” 8″ x 10″ acrylic on stretched canvas

All this painting needed was a “Squeeze of Lemon!”

Remember to STOP and walk away when you get stuck,

then come back later and make a few adjustments

You might just end up with something you love!

Be Fearless!

Here are more tutorials for painting lemons and cold drinks

Summer Sipper

When Life Gives You Lemons

Painting Watermelon, Lemons & Limes

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18 Responses to “Fearless Friday, A Squeeze of Lemon”
  1. Mary says:

    I always enjoy seeing your creations come to life Jenna! The black underpainting really makes it pop. Happy Thursday ♥

  2. Jenna, I love the cold drink in a jar. Those additions that you added with fresh eyes are perfect! Happy Thursday!

  3. I love this, Jenna. It’s so happy and looks good enough to drink! Happy week!

  4. lghiggins says:

    Wonderful tutorial. I had to pull out a sweatshirt yesterday after two days of dark skies and rain, but with your art, I think we are getting ready for summer again.

  5. Nancy says:

    Oh Jenna I love this. This painting would be perfect on a bar cart or near the bar area of a home or in the kitchen or in a sunroom…! I love it! It’s so refreshing!
    Happy Weekend to you!

  6. amazing! Love seeing your step by step paintings!!

  7. LydiaF1963 says:

    Jenna this is a lot of fun! I especially like that you’ve duplicated the bokeh effect from the photo. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

  8. NikiLEOwife says:

    Looks great! I can tell you that if I tried something like this, it would end up looking like blobs of paint on a canvas lol. You’re a very talented lady!
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

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