Friday, May 7, 2010


5 x 7 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
I was attracted to paint this pepper due to the process it goes through to change colors.  The reds coming in and the greens and yellows meshing into each other was neat to paint.  This process the pepper goes through fascinates me, and I wanted to somewhat capture that with this painting.  
I started with a dry brush approach no mediums just a bit of burnt umber on the brush.
Then I worked into my big form modeling, I went from dark to light tones with the local color of the pepper.  The colors I used were cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red, viridian, burnt umber and ivory black.
I started to add some lighter tones to the pepper but didn't take it further just wanted a general feel of it.  Then I started to add the base to the painting, I was using burnt sienna, cerulean blue, and titanium white.  You can see at this stage the blending is not important to me its just getting the right feel of colors in their correct placements.
I went back into the pepper and started to add the darker tones and play with the edges, I was also adding more colors within the pepper.  At this stage I usually go from mid tones to lighter tones then to dark tones, adding the darker tones in the end ties it all up for me.  Usually it's the other way around when painting, you want to state your darker tones first to properly judge value you'r going for.
I added the highlights in the end and also played with the reflections on the table.  This is the finished painting I hope you enjoyed this one!


Bruce Sherman said...

You're peppering us... a-plenty out here Jonathan! And "I" like it! Great tonal control once again.The surface treatment and reflected light on the skin are outstanding!

Hot one!..... Dude! HAHA!!!

Good Painting!
Warmest regards,


And did you eat it afterwards? Wonderful technique!

Jesus Estevez said...

Good work Jonathan, to be able to control the greens, reds and yellows with their respective lights and shadows is not easy,plus you gave the shines characteristic of the pepper.

SEILER said...

Awesome job man, I love how you share your palette and technique. Great work!

Marian Fortunati said...

It's beautiful!!

Very interesting description of how you did it.