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-- 18 June, 2005 --

Bell pepper postcard

Windsor & Newton Winton Oils on Galeria Acrylic paper 7"X5"

A friend from school has a property on the mid north coast of New South Wales where she and her husband are planning to retire in a couple of years time. They visit their Magic Mountain whenever they can, considering the 4 hour drive to get there from Sydney. She returned from her most recent trip with a bag full of bell peppers which she distributed around the members of our faculty. Since it is the cookin' and sewin' faculty (I can never figure out how computing ended up with this bunch), the rest of the group were all excited about what they were going to stir them into. Me ... I just wanted to paint them.

My paintings of the peppers are meant to be my effort for a postcard exchange in which I participate. I bought a pad of acrylic paper that is just the right size for postcards but, unfortunately, it isn't very good for oil painting. I think the basic problem is the lack of sizing on the paper. However, I didn't find this out until I was well underway. I also have only one red in my little collection of student grade oil paints - a cool red - so my first two efforts didn't really look quite right. I have since bought a tube of warm red to finish the postcards.

I am not sure that I really have the shapes right either. I need lots and lots more practice with the oils to get the knack of them. I do hope that the people who get my postcards will have some idea of what it is I have been trying so hard to paint. This one looks like a drunkard's nose!

20/06/2005 - Finished the rest of the postcards at art class tonight as my last hurray for the term. The following is the best of the lot and it was the last one that I did.


Posted by robynls at June 18, 2005 4:53 PM

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Reminds me of those fairy lights you can get like a string of chilli peppers! There is something a bit nose-like, almost nostrils too, but some peppers do come in very strange shapes.

Better get going, haven't bathed for about a week (had a rotten cold) and the engineer from Sky may arrive any time after 9am to see if we can get a signal... Probably not due to tall trees across the road that may well block off the satellite. We are sick of the cable company - price keeps going up, but channels available get less and less. Plus they don't carry the new BBC channels which is annoying.

Didn't mean to write an essay!

Hugs from Liverpool

Posted by: Maggie at June 18, 2005 6:02 PM

I'm sorry Robyn but I'm afraid you were correct in the definition of the 'drunkards nose'. :-) I wonder had you not defined it if I would of realized what it was. ;-)

Posted by: Bonnie at June 19, 2005 3:00 AM

I like the gradation of green in the background and the whole red/green pairing. I also think you've got the mass and volume in the pepper perfectly. Very well done.

Posted by: Laura at June 19, 2005 3:39 AM

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