Teatime hangs in the balance!
In Tea with Lemon, I present a proper English teacup, balanced on three blocks (that spell “t-e-a”) and resting a underneath a perfect lemon, suspended with twine.
This image was one of my first after starting to think differently about what a still life could be.
Although Tea with Lemon is a rather simple composition, it is a complex study of texture contrasts, painted in the exacting traditional still life style popularized by the Dutch Masters over 400 years ago.
Note the differences between the sheen of the porcelain, the fuzz of the string, and the gloss of the varnished shelf. These elements are represented in traditional still life style, characterized by a smooth surface appearance, crisp shadows, and subtle gradation of the background from light in the center to dark on the edges.
Tea really does taste better in a fine porcelain cup than it does in a ceramic mug. And to be completely authentic, make sure the cup is a totally uncomfortable thing to hold, with a handle so tiny that one is forced to stick the pinky finger out!