Paint a Lemon Still Life in Acrylic!

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painting of a lemon on a blue and purple background
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painting of a yellow lemon on a blue and purple background
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by Penny F

How to paint a lemon: make a circle and fill it in with yellow. Er… not quite. In fact, you’re not going to dip your brush into yellow paint until the last few steps (really!). This project is great for building your acrylic skills, and your appreciation of all the amazing colors that go into creating one little fruit.

Lemon Still Life

Level: Easy
Finished Size: 8 x 10-inches

What You Need

  • Lemon reference photo
  • 8 x 10-inch canvas
  • No. 10 brush
  • No. 2 brush
  • Large flat brushes
  • Smaller flat brushes
  • Ultramarine blue paint
  • Alizarin crimson paint
  • Pyrrole red paint
  • Primary cyan paint
  • Cadmium yellow dark paint
  • Primary yellow paint
  • Titanium white paint
  • GAC 100
Skills Refresher
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Instructions

Ready, Set, Paint!

Paint? Check. Brushes are ready. Your blank canvas awaits. Nothing left but to get to it! Follow along as instructor Nina Weiss takes you through your lemon still life, stroke by stroke.

Once you're comfortable mixing colors, adjusting values and working with complements, apply your new skills to a lemon still life. Nina helps you work from dark-to-light and thin-to-thick, look for full-range values and use complex colors effectively.
Make It: Lemon Painting

From Startup Library: Painting With Acyrlic


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Congrats! You finished your lemon. But what to do now? You know about underpainting and value, and you've practiced a still life — apply those skills to florals and make one of these your next masterpiece.

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