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Lemon and Blue

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Leila Aitken

LemonandBlue
Lemon and Blue by Leila Aitken
Oil on Canvas Board
67 x 70 cm

Reg. Number: NHSL00690

In the NHS Lothian collection.


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In this still life the artist, Leila Aitken, has created a bold, but balanced, arrangement of shapes, textures and colours. Set on a bluey-white tablecloth, the little, bright blue jug on the left of the image leads the viewer to the round base of the mother-of-pearl blue vase and upwards through the warm yellow of the roses and the tall lupin-like flowers. These are painted in further shades of blue and contrasting white and give the image height.

The eye is then drawn down to the lemons in the wicker basket. These add another texture and, painted slightly in shadow, create a sense of depth. The lemons placed on the table cloth act as an interesting balance to the little blue jug and draw attention to the yellow and white cloth napkins at the base of the vase and then on to the small white and pink flowers on the table's edge.

The light flooding on to the vase and flowers is contrasted with the shadowy midnight blue background. Despite the strong formal arrangement and colour scheme, the feathery handling of the paint, and the subtle outlines of the different objects give the painting a sense of softness.

This is one of Leila's first large oil paintings, and reflects the artist's favourite colours; the 'Lemon and Blue' of the title. Starting with this colour scheme Leila then worked out the formal arrangement. The still life also reflects the artist's love of painting roses "because their delicacy is very difficult to capture and it is very satisfying if it succeeds".

The North Berwick based Leila Aitken first took up painting following a hip replacement operation, attending classes run by East Lothian Community Education. Subsequently, Leila attended classes in oil painting and figure drawing at Edinburgh College of Art. Leila initially began working in watercolours but then took up oil painting, feeling that oils gave a painting richness and depth. Among her inspirations are the seascapes of William McTaggart.
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NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland.

We believe creativity, arts and design should be woven into all our work as there is good evidence that these have a positive effect on wellbeing and health.

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