Wednesday, January 13, 2010

yep, even more red peppers

6"x6" oil/panel

I've exhausted my ability to concentrate on these peppers. A nice breakthrough for me tonight. I'm closer to achieving the knife look with brushes. Good texture and the ability to get more directional stroke work is what I'm after. This latest piece left me satisfied. The peppers are tough subject matter. In artificial light they appear waxy and very little color change is apparent. The highlights are overwhelming. It just didn't work to put them in. I instead landed on the gesture of the subject. The flow of the peppers length and the kinks that appear within were most interesting. The broken edges and loose brushstrokes to convey them grabbed me.The unique shapes of each pepper kept them interesting. Now, how to take this larger scale...plein air... again huge volumes of paint involved. I touched up yesterdays piece with tonights palette and enthusiasm. I think they now make a nice evolution triptych.


SamArtDog said...

Mmm mmm... juicy paint! I also like the larger tonal variety; it gives them more volume.

NOW are you going to make the chili?

brian eppley said...

Thanks Sam. Indeed, I'm making turkey chili for the weekend and painting something other than peppers!

Jala Pfaff said...

These three little paintings together are absolutely wonderful!!

brian eppley said...

Thanks Jala. I've really been interested in showing triptychs since last year. I really enjoy doing 3 landscapes and then combining into one large piece. Don't think I'll be doing any large still life though. I like doing these small pieces and will cart them to a gallery in Lancaster.