Lemon Squares, III

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I have long been a fan of lemons, which in my childhood were something of a treat because of their expense. Lemons don't grow well in Tennessee. I love their bright color and pregnant shape. Because of their intense yellow color, lemons hold their own no matter how decadent the textile underneath. I cannot get enough of painting these little symbols of plentitude.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

October 05, 2022

Melissa Hefferlin’s Lemon Squares, III is a delightfully vibrant still-life that saturates the viewer in warm colors without overwhelming the senses. Near-photorealist figuration set against abstraction, the work is brimming with life, summer, and sunlight. The deep yellows of the lemons feel like a reflection of the sun that casts their shadow across the kaleidoscopic textile. The fabric's warm oranges, reds, and yellows further bring out this sense of summer and life, as do the rich greens of the leaves and their turquoise and green textile counterparts. The design of the textile itself recalls nature and organic forms. The yellow and orange curving lines in the lower center flow like ocean waves or the unseen undulations of gentle breezes. Rich in color and form Lemon Squares, III brings bucolic summer into even the coldest homes.

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Melissa Hefferlin

October 06, 2022

Thank you so much, John. You've offered a beautiful analysis which I greatly appreciate.

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Melissa Hefferlin
Realism, Still Life
Painting - Framed
Oil, Canvas
10.50 inches wide
10.50 inches tall
0.25 inches deep
2.00 lbs
Rossville, GA, US