Try this at home

I like to experiment with different ways of working, even if my sketches aren’t always successful. How else do you learn, right? On my counter are some red peppers that need roasting, and before they hit the grill I thought I might try to paint them in a different way than usual. Instead of building up colour in layers of transparent wash, my aim was to get the intensity of the colour right in one pass, or close to it. I used my biggest brush — a 1″ flat which is quite big for an 8″ x 5″ sketch. Reds are always difficult for me so I thought this might help me practice. I also tried to lose some edges, especially where the pepper shapes overlap. And lastly, it was kind of fun to use the watercolour like oil paint, thickly, in its purest form, especially on the pepper stems. If you are game to experiment with something like this, use fresh paint for best results. If you have dried out pans of paint, it will require too much water to reconstitute the colours. And don’t forget to use the biggest brush you have so you don’t get caught up in the details. This is a good learning experience, or it was for me, and something from this exercise may come in handy in the future on a larger painting.



27 Comments on “Try this at home”

  1. tkrysak says:

    Great idea, will have to give this a try


  2. Sally Bookman says:

    You are just SO good!

    Sally Bookman



  3. Louise Boyer says:

    Full of life Shari, I think they are very well done!


  4. Barbara Beynon says:

    Luscious looking–hardly seems like watercolor but I know that it is. I hope they taste as good grilled as they look on paper. The fun of painting food is that you get to enjoy it twice!

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  5. Anna Cull says:

    Cool sketch! The intense colours look good enough to eat. Like you, I’m a big fan of using “the biggest brush you have” to avoid getting caught up in the details. It works every time.


  6. Linda Murray says:

    Love your shading- how it picks up the ribs on the peppers. Very nice!


  7. M. L. Kappa says:

    I really like how you got the shiny bits,on the peppers. Did you just leave the paper showing through, or did you also rub the edges a bit? I can’t tell


  8. Gorgeous experiment, the reds looks so luscious and the brushstrokes are beautiful.


  9. Judy Sopher says:

    Lovely, as always. What colors did you use?


  10. anne farmer says:

    I love the way you can see the individual brush strokes. Was it a hot-pressed paper?


  11. The Leaf Diary says:

    That’s nice!


  12. Lee Kline says:

    Beautiful and simple


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