Friday, May 14, 2010

"Red Pepper"

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"Red Pepper"
5 x 7 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
I started with a dry brush approach again no mediums were used, then I went into the shadows of the pepper with ivory black and permanent rose.  I am just dabbing where the darks are stated with thin paints.
Then I went into the mid tones or mid values with cadmium red and ivory black.  Then I went into the base and added the dark tones first with ivory black and burnt umber.  I am not using any mediums through out these stages.  I am keeping the paints really thin so the drying time can go quicker and also its much easier to control the values and chroma.
Then I added the light of the base which was yellow ochre and titanium white and a bit of burnt umber.  I also put the background color in which was naples yellow, a bit of cerulean blue and titanium white.
As you can tell I have not put the highlights in until the last pic, which was the finished painting.  I build up to the lights just like one would do with a drawing.  I also added the green stem of the pepper after adding the background, going from dark to light values with the correct hues.  This whole painting was done with thin paints and the only thickest paints I applied was in the highlights with just titanium white. Thanks for stopping by and viewing!  

6 comments:

Lori Bonanni said...

Jonathan, Wonderful reds here! I personally have some problems with red but you've handled it beautifully.

Jesus Estevez said...

Very good Jonathan,this is great, this is going to help to two of my students ,since they are doing a still live with this type of pepper, and you did an amazing job,and a very good explanation . Thanks for shearing.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Such amazing texture and the perfect amount of shininess on the skin - this is beautifully painted, Jonathan.

Judy P. said...

Beautiful, sculptural pepper, and I like the neat, clean way you handled the colors.

SUSAN RODEN said...

Congratulations Jonathan! Just saw you were 1 of the 20 for Daily Painters - good luck.

SEILER said...

Now that's a lot of red . . . . makes me hungry for a fajita, so awesome!