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Paint Lemons In A Light Bowl

Capture The Essence Of A Scene


  • How to ‘edit’ your scene for impact
  • The value of working from direct observation
  • How to build a strong composition with a simplified scene

About This Lesson

In this lesson, we’re painting a very simple scene of three lemons in a white bowl.  It is the kind of scene that might lead us into painting every detail. Instead, we’ll focus on structure and composition, working from observation and including only the details needed to reveal the essence of the subject. 

Every subject we consider for a painting will have a myriad of detail that could be included in a painting. Whether it is wise to include every detail in a painting (even if it were possible!) is something that is debatable. This is an important point that allows the artist to pour their own vision and creativity into their representation of any subject and explains the astounding range of expression in representational art.

The key is learning what elements and details should be included in a painting or representation of the subject.

BONUS LESSON : How To Fix A Bloom – A bloom developed along the edge of the painting during the filming.  Fixing it was easy and straightforward. It’s included in the video tabs below.


  • Brushes – 1 1/2″ Flat, Large Round, Medium Round, Small Round, and Extra Small Round.
  • Colors – Perm. Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Winsor Newton French Ultramarine Blue , DaVinci Cobalt Blue,  Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Medium.
  • Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb Cold Press cut to about 7″ x 11″ or so