Monday, July 27, 2009

When Life Gives You Lemons...

...paint lemons!


"Italian Lemons" 20"x30" oil SOLD

What can I say? I have a thing for boxes.
These were from an outdoor market in Venice.

Question for the day (also applies to any city outside your own native land): if the Venetians call it Venesia, and the Italians spell it Venezia, then why do we call it Venice?

.

28 comments:

  1. More more more! Loving these paintings of fruits in boxes :) Your use of reds is wonderful and these lemons look more like limes to me because they aren't ripe (?) but I still love them - side by side these two paintings would make your mouth water :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi R.,

    This painting is dazzling. I'm listening to Italian tapes in the car, because we're going to Florence, and why do the Italians have a different way of saying The United States? Canada is lucky, because you just hit the syllables differently and it sounds Italian. I guess it's all about the way languages develop. Even in Italy everyone says things differently depending on their dialect.


    Take care,

    Barbara

    ReplyDelete
  3. R.!! I love the way the box bows from the weight of these lemons. I can almost feel the heft of the juicy fruit. Your tomatoes are lovely too. I want a tomato salad now.

    ReplyDelete
  4. What can I say? Another incredible painting! WOW!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great painting.
    Bring some when you are coming over.will make great lemonade Ice on us.

    ReplyDelete
  6. :D You´re boxes set are just amazing and so original!! Love them both!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I am new to blogging, but am happy to have found your work...really stunning. I can just feel the weight of a great harvest, as this crate seems to be bursting with lemons! Love your execution and coloration.

    ReplyDelete
  8. great work..I can almost smell them:)

    ReplyDelete
  9. It's bursting with freshness. I can smell them! Good job!

    ReplyDelete
  10. i reckon the pronunciation in each language affects the spelling eg we have the name Stuart and Stewart. The latter being the Scottish version and the latter changed in the 17/18th century for the sake of the French... (i think). this painting is to my mind such a daring task.... one lemon exhausts me and you've done a wonderful job of painting each one with such care. beautiful work. r.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Interesting blog, have really enjoyed my browse, and impressive paintings. Love the crisp, clean, bright colours.
    Thanks for your visit, and no, I don't mind a genuine critique, in fact, I appreciate it, thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  12. They are just incredible aRt.! The shadow of box has added life to this painting..I am impressed..(I am always :)) Gr8 work..you are a magician and ....(I dnt have words now!!)

    ReplyDelete
  13. These are great R. The boxes are a wonderful idea, and show such a variety of shapes and colour in the fruit. Leaves on top are a nice touch as well.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I am loving these outdoor market paintings! I agree with Sheila about the box bowing - and I love the yellows and greens!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I'm always partial to "bird's eye view" paintings... and LOVE these you painted of the produce in their boxes. Great idea and drop dead gorgeous paintings!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I can feel the roundness and weight of the fruit when I look at your painting. And the tomatoes! I can nearly smell them!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Sooooooooo beautifully painted!

    ReplyDelete
  18. R, It is always such a visual treat to open up your blog. Gorgeous...is always my reaction.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I will never get tired of your boxes, R. This one, bursting full with limes, is gorgeous. Love all the variety of greens you use in this!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Having married a Venetian in Venezia... (pronounced ...ven et sia...) I'd say we're lucky we're not German or we'd call it something like Venedig. How ugly a name is THAT for a beautiful city.

    Love those lemons...

    ReplyDelete
  21. Just gorgeous! A great composition from the top.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Good lord I love your work! i just love seeing it!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. i love the compositions of the fruit in the boxes. Abundance; that's what they bring to mind.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Cinque Terre and Venice....color me green with envy! Love the lemons and tomatoes!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Very fun painting! I love the composition and variety of color found in the lemons!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I really like your approach to fruit...it definitely stands out among the competition. I have been too absorbed with my web class and work to be blogging lately but I should really check your blog more often...not only for an art fix but also for your helpful PhotoShop tips...I am new to the level of PS that I am studying and it's more challenging than I anticipated but I love the potential for creativity. Thanks for a fantastic blog!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for your kind comments! They always make my day.