I bought a bag of yellow and red peppers last week. I managed to paint this red pepper before it went into last night's dinner. I like the strong shadows created by the top light. This composition reinforces my opinion that a limited palette makes a better painting.
This yellow pepper is lit on the back and the side leaving just a narrow rim of bright color. The color in this painting is limited but the bits of red and green make this painting more interesting. A very dramatic presentation.
They went thataway. I like the luscious color of this pepper. Because the pepper is toplit, both the cast shadow and light table top are reflected back up on the bottom of the pepper. It gives a feeling of volume.
These large grapes are from the store not from our garden. The fun is to try to convey the translucence without overworking each grape. I carefully painted each grape and then went back and scribbled loosely with a clean brush until it looked much less labored. The most important part is figuring out what to leave out.
Our garden is slowing way down for the season, so these fresh green onions came from the store. I like the harmony of lavenders and greens. The little touch of sienna on the root hairs completes the secondary triad of purple, green, and orange.
The beautiful sunny days have disappeared and suddenly we are back to a normal gray northwest fall. This is the view from my yard across Quartermaster Harbor to Tahlequah point at the south end of Vashon Island. Beyond are the hills of the Kitsap Peninsula.