Monday, February 16, 2009

jalapenos

8"x10" oil/panel


This was a very difficult study. I'll rank it with the yellow tomatoes. No matter how much light hit these jalapenos they remained dark. If I did them again I would leave a seperation of the two subjects on the background. The peppers values were too close to seperate. I tried to tweak the light and pull the front pepper out but it read unbelievable. I went back to the close values and left it at that. I don't think I'll be painting jalapenos again anytime soon.

9 comments:

Loriann Signori said...

Brian, Regardless of your struggle you really achieved such BEAUTY of color in those peppers.
On another note, today when I was in Whole Foods I could only think of you as I passed by the yellow tomatoes. :-)

brian eppley said...

I wish we had a whole foods here! I could suffer all over again. Just kidding. I appreciate your comment. Those peppers kicked my butt, i'll be back

Jala Pfaff said...

This is awesome, and it totally worked!! But I certainly understand the feeling of frustration with certain subjects, that feeling of "it's gonna be a looooong time before I'm willing to go near THOSE again!" :)

Jala Pfaff said...

P.S. The texture of them looks so real! Those longitudinal wrinkle sort of things.

How (with what) do you sign your work on these?

brian eppley said...

Thanks Jala. I'm looking look for some interesting peppers in the red variety now. I sign the tiles and these new panels with a pencil then cover everything else and spray the signature with flat fixative. They are all signed on the back in ink.

Loriann Signori said...

Sir Palette Knife (SPK), my idol,
Perfect winter colors. Who needs objects anyway? That is one of the many amazing things about landscape painting. Light, color and feeling that's what it is about. I love the tree line and the subtle movement in and out(close and distance). In addition it passes the 2 or 3 major shape test. Nice Brian.

Loriann Signori said...

Ooops that comment was about the landscape on top. Forgive me.

Karen said...

It's interesting to read what you wrote about this, because before I read it, I looked at the image and thought you'd gotten at that particular green/balckish color and almost leathery (or is it papery?) quality that jalapenos have amazing well. For me they separate enough because because of their shape at their edges.

Ha! Loriann called you SPK! hilarious.

brian eppley said...

Loriann, Yeah I agree. It is such a different approach between landscape and still life. However battling both can only have fruitful results. I think...

Karen, thanks for the boost. I did struggle with these. For some reason I just wanted to wrongly show light through brightness. I may try these in natural light someday.