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Friday, September 15, 2006

"Penny Pepper" by Gordon van Vliet

This is my new painting, "Penny Pepper". It is a little larger, 7"W x 5"H on 1/4" hardboard.

To tell you the truth, I am not happy with the pepper and found it extremely difficult to do. What do you think? Please comment for all to see if you can.

The penny was easy.

The pepper, a mighty hot one, had such bright colors and close values. I went back and forth more than once to arrive at this stage.

At another forum the article (speech) by Fred Ross sparked many dozens of comments on both sides of the issue(s) raised. I invite you again to read that speech and comment here if you will.

Comment: your comment about your painting penny pepper......i had a dream one night and only remembered the fact that i had dreamed the color red.....the next day there was a news article about Degas on the morning news......the quote by degas jumped into my head " you can make a painting out of anything even radishes" i went to the store and bought a bunch of radishes and did 3 small paintings in that one day of the radishes. i got the red out onto my canvas and was very happy. not all of the paintings satisified me but i had tried. i am all ways looking forward to your painting of the day. Judy p.s. peppers are very hard to capture i think it is because of the smooth skin and the [what looks to me as a] blue highlight. i know because i have tried also.




At 2:42 PM, Blogger Lori said...

I think the problem is too much background and not enough penny and pepper. The pepper is what the painting is about so it should fill up your board. The pepper and penny both look well painted, just too small. Lori

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Samohtra Fine Art said...

Your painting has strength in the well rendered suurfaces of all your forms. Your conceptual statement can be enhanced by cropping or playing off the positive and negative spaces against each other.In my opinion coceptually driven painting often comes out stronger.


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