My true art efforts have been few this new year. I started this painting before the holidays. It didn't progress at all in January because...wedding. My latest struggle with it was the lemons but I think I've reached a point where I am satisfied to leave it. I didn't spend much time on the table, just brushed in some color as a working surface, and the background is just paint (it changed tone a couple times). Please advise, Teacher, (and others!)- what, if anything, should I do with the table and background? And do you see anything else that needs attention? Should I call it finished?
The title is---"Lemon Curd"
Lots of great input in your comment Sarah. It occurred to me that you might want to see the photo that I worked from. I think you might chastise me about this but I have to say, I do like working this way. I set up the still life near a west window so it was all natural light. My digital photo can be enlarged on my iPad and that is how I study the bits of glass reflections and such. I know you wanted me to look at a life arrangement to paint. My eyesight has deteriorated with age and I don't have decent distance glasses so looking at the close up photo is the best way that I can see the details. Here is the photo (I took others of parts, closer up).
You will no doubt notice that I added a lemon and an eggshell. That is because after I had it all drawn in pencil on the canvas, the arrangement was left of center. I didn't want to erase or try to draw it all over again so I added elements to give balance.