Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day One Hundred-Forty

                                                  'On the Chopping Block'

8 x 8 oil on panel
60.00 + 6.00 s + h

     I've always wanted to try an eggplant.  I bought one once (a really cool one), but then proceeded to paint something else, and I forgot about it.  I left it in it's bag and it went bad.... so disappointing... Well, these are mini eggplants and habeneros, and I can't remember what the little red one is... maybe sorreno? does that sound right?     I loved the multiple colors in this one...and I love orange and purple together.
     A Little note on color:
     I remember reading somewhere, when I was teaching, that to DARKEN a color, go to the next darker color on the color wheel, instead of adding a darker neutral or gray (Payne's Grey)...  I guess they also said to LIGHTEN one you would go to the next lighter one on the wheel.   It really seems to work.  I used that to get the darks on the peppers here.   So, to darken the orange I put in red-orange and to lighten it I put in yellow-orange, etc.


  1. Love the violets on the eggplant. Very nice painting.

  2. Thanks for the tip! It's one I hadn't heard before, but it makes perfect sense. The orange peppers are beautiful. Love the purple and orange together.