Friday, February 20, 2009

Habaneros

8"x8" oil/ceramic tile


We should have one kickin' batch of chili this week. I love eating the produce. The Hungarian peppers were great eaten raw with cream cheese and these will be enjoyed albeit sparingly!

6 comments:

Loriann Signori said...

As always a concert of beautiful brush strokes.
I know this is a weird question...but is the "negative"space(I hate that word so I put it in quotes) painted or it that the bare tile? I ask because the edges seem different.
Have fun in NYC!

brian eppley said...

Loriann thats an excellent question. The ceramic tiles (which this is painted on) leave a very clean edge and if needed can be wiped to a clean edge. The panels I've been painting on have a textured surface and are not forgiving. If I mess up you'll know it. Some turpentine helps but leaves a sign. To answer,lately on both tiles and panels I leave the background its original color.(some variation of white)and allow the textured surface of the subject to show. This seems effective. When I paint backgrounds with the knife they seem to compete with the subject. This is where a brush could smooth things out but I'm sticking to my guns. We will all find our way!

Jala Pfaff said...

Beautiful!!! I've been wanting to do habaneros for a while now, but haven't seen any at the store lately. Now I'm doubly inspired. I love the composition on this one too, and the shadows.

Jala Pfaff said...

P.S. I'm glad Loriann asked that - I've been wondering about the very same thing.

Jala Pfaff said...

P.P.S. When you do knife paintings, do you "draw" at all, or go straight for masses?

brian eppley said...

Jala, when I paint still life I only pencil sketch in the subject and the shadow. Pretty much two circles or rectangles.I define the details as I go. Landscape I pencil in more of the planes. Sometimes I'll use charcoal to determine values and paint directly over them on landscapes.