Try this at homePosted: April 20, 2016
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.