This is a painting commission from Saint Andrew’s Scottish Episcopal Church in St Andrews, Scotland. The assistant organist was leaving and the church wanted to give him a goodbye present of a painting of the church looking toward the organ with the senior organist sitting there.
Step 1: light pencil sketch
I was working from a photograph and took a very long time on the initial sketching stage.
An arrangement with a geranium, mangoes, apples, peaches and oranges.
This lovely scene was hard NOT to paint. I like how the shiny rinds of the lemons turned out, especially against the sheen of the ceramic bowl (shaped and painted to look like a large lettuce leaf). Geraniums are always a favorite as well.