Sunday, October 05, 2008
"Escaping Bell" --- SOLD
Bell peppers are tough because they are just slightly translucent. So the light is going to shine right through them to some extent, lightening up the shadow side more than you would get with a more opaque object ... like an apple say. And then any reflected light from their surroundings are going to lighten it up even more (if it's a light ground). Which makes the shadow side just a bit darker and a bit more gray than the lit up side ... depending somewhat on the color of the reflected light and the pepper. I think the more you paint the more you become acquainted with these little subtleties. I remember when I first started painting with oil, in college, one of my (more experienced) classmates was talking to me about a portrait. I was looking at the subject seeing flesh tones and she said "do you see that blue there on the side of the nose?" I did not see it. And I couldn't have matched it with paint to save my life! But the more I look at things from this perspective the more sensitive I am to color and value. Now I go around squinting at everything in my life, comparing values, mixing colors in my head. It's pretty great, actually. My husband says I'm obsessed but I think it's necessary. I'm just glad it comes naturally.