Monday, May 21, 2012

One of a Kind

Hmmm, what to say about this one?  I think the paper I used for this is Arches 140# cold press which is the paper I've always used the most but for some reason this seemed to react differently. I had a hard time getting my colors bright which is odd since I used a lot of yellow, orange and red.  The colors looked really bright while wet but faded so much when it dried and I had to keep adding layers and I would like it to be even brighter.  Maybe I'm just getting used to how beautiful and bright colors are when I use silk dyes on silk and the watercolors pale in comparison.

I think I will try painting a similar subject in another medium and see if I can turn up the heat.

I was playing around with the background and can't decide whether it is distracting or interesting.  What is your opinion?


  1. this is a beautiful watercolor, all the colors and the background isn't distracting at all..I love eyes go directly on those wonderful peppers!!!

  2. Nancy, I love your work--this piece has a lively sense of humor as well as being a lovely composition with great color. Don't know what to say about the background, as it pulls my attention a bit--however, I really like it. Browsing your entries has been delightful; I particularly like the silk painting (ALL versions). So glad that I found your blog (via your comment on Rosemary Sexton's, I believe).

  3. Un très beau contraste de chaud et de froid...
    J'aime beaucoup...
    gros bisous

  4. Love the movement in the peppers and the really unique and different composition!

  5. I for one do not like chaotic things and I love this background, Nancy. Not at all distracting and quite interesting too. The colors come out beautifully on my monitor and I love the composition altogether. Using an almost complement to the gorgeous peppers helps to ground the piece and provide the perfect backdrop for the brightness, the caliente peppers.

  6. I love all the colors in your peppers, and that one lone green one! I think the background competes just a little with the peppers but not enough to really bother me.
    This reminds me that I took pepper pictures last fall to do and haven't done anything with them :(

  7. Thank you Hilda.

    Hi Mary, thank you for you kind comments and I'm glad you found my blog.

    Merci Martinealison.

    Thanks Kathleen.

    Hi Sherry. The background is a bit chaotic. I'm not sure why I decided to paint it that way but it is different, eh?

    Thank you Heather. My photo reference had that one green chili and that's what made me want to paint them. Get your pepper pictures out and paint! It's a fun subject.

  8. This is really lovely. I do like the background, too.


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