Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Yellow Bell Pepper Still Life

Yellow Bell Pepper – 6" x 6" Oil on Gessoed Masonite Panel – SOLD

This pepper was bought for dinner however it was so bright and cheery, I was compelled to paint it.

For still lifes I typically work on canvas panels, however when beginning this painting I decided to try working on a masonite panel again. In the past I have had mixed results with the slick surface of these panels, however for this painting it just worked out. This painting was also painted on a burnt sienna and flake white ground. Most often I use a medium gray that is slightly cool to paint still lifes on, the rational is that the cool gray will immediately pop the subject matter out and make I more interesting. However since this still life was setup with this bright blue backdrop, I wanted to tone it down some without graying it out, so I thought the more warm ground would play well with the cool color of the cloth while reinforce the warm vibrancy of the yellow pepper. I think it worked out.

Here is a detail of the highlight and warm glow that occurs in the shadow area of the bell pepper, because they are slightly translucent.

For the rest of the week the paintings I will post will also be painted on a warm burnt sienna and flake white ground. For me this experience reinforces the need to always experiment and try new things out.

Thanks for stopping by, Liz


Sylvia Jenstad said...

Had to stop... love your colours... your light... really cool

E. Floyd said...

Thanks Sylvia, bright intense color is something I really love and strive for in my paintings.