Friday, March 19, 2010

"Red Pepper"














6 x 8 oil on canvas SOLD

My first red pepper. For whatever reason I've always been

hesitant to paint one. I guess that inner part intimidated me.
I was pleasantly surprised to find it enjoyable once I got
started.

The red reflection inside the left of the bowl was troubling.
It didn't "look" right. Then I reminded myself that the best
way to mess up a painting is to paint it like you "think" it
should look instead of what is really there. So trusting that
rule of thumb I carried on and hoped the real thing would
work out fine.

33 comments:

Sheila said...

Aaah... I love looking at your paintings. I learn and glean so much from them. I love how you were able to render how a red pepper goes from that ruby red to a warm orange toward the center. The seeds are right on and if you hadn't had written anything about the bowl, I would have never known you were having any kind of issue with it.

Kim said...

And it did work out fine! It all holds together really well. I like how you handled the center and inner stuff of the pepper. Your bowl is delicate, painterly and lovely : )

Earthula said...

beautiful. and delicious. the green and red in variation of tonal values is very charming!

Pam Holnback said...

It did work out fine. Reds can be a challenge. Yours are so successful.

Dewberry Fine Art said...

This just caught my eye while looking over my blog favorites. What a wonderful little gem. Great touch of the brush to bring this still life to life.

martinealison said...

I like your red pepper in your plate. You're right we must paint with our heart and how we perceive what we see.
Good painting.

Marie Theron said...

This is so delightful, Gwen! And only this week I found that my local bakery makes a very nice pepper loaf!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

You know whatz missing right?
A red sold dot.
Love this piece Gwen. Just beautiful.
Did u eat it after???

Linda said...

You did a wonderful job with the pepper! All the reds in the pepper and the bowl are beautiful. The shadows are right on. Lovely painting!

Dana Cooper said...

Everything about this works! On close inspection, your brush work is fabulous particularly on the left side of the pepper inside and out!

Barbara M. said...

This is so luscious it's making me want
to paint in oil. That red! So wonderful.

xoxoxoxoxBarbara P.S. We're going from 70 to
snow here too, but at least we're not in Texas,
where that does not make any sense at all.

Barbara Pask said...

Very appealing painting Gwen, love the reds.

Jala Pfaff said...

Very true. Great one.

Dors said...

Wonderful job Gwen. Very realistic. Love it and I love Irit Bourla's comment. The red sticker. I agree

Edward Burton said...

You did such a wonderful job with this, Gwen. I love all of the subtle color changes and details of the pepper - well done!

rahina q.h. said...

you take the simplest objext and turn it into a delightful piece of art Gwen. i love your 'cheekiness' in your paintings.... rather than go complimentary, you do your own thing!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Gwen, You have done it again...created another gem of a painting. Love the saturated reds against the pale pale green. Great job on a difficult subject.

Alice Thompson said...

Gwen , I've never seen a Red Pepper look so good! Excellent color choices. I'd like to see it go one step further and placed on a red/pink/white tablecloth. Wonder what that might do?

Barbara Andolsek Paintings said...

Oh the things we learn to turn on and shut off as artists. That pesky left side of the brain for instance. It shows in your painting that the right side won. ps - love the plate as well

Jill Berry said...

Hey Gwen!
I've been awol lately & just got a chance to catch up on all your fun!, funny!, & fantastic! entries.
Great how the color seems to echo on this one.

(Also~ I like the New grinning Gwen pic!)

Dean Grey said...

This turned out great, Gwen!

The thing I love most is how the bell pepper is partially cut away allowing us to see the insides as well.

And the pink shadow looks fine to me!

-Dean

Angela Elledge said...

Beautiful painting and wonderful brushstrokes. One of the things I like is the contrast of the bold pepper with the dainty little pattern on the plate, very nice, Gwen.

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Brilliant!! Love the color combo!!

Arti said...

Unusual (half cut) pepper...delicious,very red and very beautiful, Gwen.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Gwen. The strong red is so eye catching, and the pepper looks so life like. I really think you have captured the dish. It is so true...paint what you see, not what you think you see. It can make a big difference. It is obvious that it worked. I see an oriental quality in this one as well. Maybe its the bright red with the subtle whites and off whites.

Crescendo said...

Nice work Gwen !

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

HA! You were worried about that little red reflection - and I think it just makes the whole bowl look real! You should definitely not shy away from red peppers - look how great this came out. Do one thing a day that terrifies you!

Violetta Smith said...

First when I saw it, I thought of your "Apple slice" picture. They are both beautiful, but this one looks more juicy and delicious (maybe just because I love red peppers). Great job with the shadow.

Karen Bruson said...

Wow, great painting. Love the reds in the pepper and the reds in the bowl. Also, you have a great signature.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Two thumbs up! Love the red on red.

Susan E. Roden said...

Just love the contrast of the pattern on the bowl to the shape of the pepper.... my eyes just go around in a circular motion to absorb all. Sweet piece!

suzanneberry said...

Another stunner!!!

Lori Bonanni said...

Nice pepper - and I love how loosely you handled the bowl. Just the right amount of detail.