Red bell peppers are one of my favorite foods whether they are raw, sautéed or roasted but before this could be used for dinner, it begged to be painted. I really like its twisted form. Earlier in the week, I was picking out red peppers to use for stuffed peppers. For those, I was trying to find full, straight peppers. Then, two days later, I returned to the store to look for a pepper that had an unusual form that would catch the light in an interesting way. If anyone was watching me pick out this pepper, they probably thought I was a bit nutty because I spent so much time picking out just one pepper and it was such a weird looking one, but I'm very happy with my choice.
I've been wanting to try using oil paint on TerraSkin so this seemed like a good subject for a quick painting. TerraSkin has a slicker feel than most traditional oil painting surfaces so I wasn't sure how the oils would behave. At first, I didn't like the feel of the paint on the surface but after a few minutes, I began to like it. I wanted the paint to be very transparent so that the glow of the paper would show. I'm pretty happy with the outcome. I would use oils again but only thinly as was done here. I think that watercolors and acrylics benefit the most from this surface because a variety of textures can be achieved. Of course, I have a very strong bias toward water media paintings. : )
Red Sweet Pepper
Image Size 5" x 8"
Oil on TerraSkin