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Queen Bee
07-14-2005, 04:11 PM
I have not done an acrylic in a while. I have been using watercolors lately.

16x20 on stretched canvas.

07-14-2005, 04:15 PM
Hi Deborah,
Your peppers look fresh and crispy!

07-14-2005, 04:49 PM
Terrific Deborah.

07-14-2005, 05:57 PM
Superb shadows and highlights! Very nice job...maybe a little something to help the peppers sit better - looks a bit odd to me?


Anita Murphy
07-14-2005, 06:18 PM
Lovely peppers! I would deepen the shadow somehow to make the center of the yellow pepper retreat a little. It seems slightly superimposed. Lovely vibrant colours!

Lady Carol
07-14-2005, 08:52 PM
Wonderful. Fabulous shadows. Acrylics seem to be your thing.

Wayne Gaudon
07-14-2005, 08:59 PM
very well done ..

07-14-2005, 11:58 PM
Deborah, you did a wonderful job on the peppers. I love the fact that you painted all three colors. Very nice, Deborah.

07-15-2005, 08:50 AM
Very nice Deborah - I have tried a similar thing.
If I had to make a comment, it would be the stem of the red one does not read quite right to me.

07-15-2005, 09:55 AM
Very good. Jan

07-15-2005, 10:03 AM
Great painting -- I love your highlights and use of colour. Beautifully done. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Marty C
07-15-2005, 10:17 AM
Hi Queen Bee,
Wonderful vibrant colour, very striking.
Two things - the background needs some differentiation, at present these seem to float in no mans land, they need grounding on a base the viewer can define as the bottom, instead of seemingly being suspended on a wall. A small point but important.

Second, the value of the green pepper which should be in shadow is too high. At present it is equal to the darker areas of the pepper which are in full light, and should be dropped around two value steps to read as in shadow.

A very nice piece, a little adjustment will really make it shine.

Charlie's Mum
07-15-2005, 05:10 PM
Hi Deborah - welcome back:D
You have nice 3D form to these, but there are valid comments made above - perhaps the most important being to anchor them to a base! Just check your ref again and try to see where these points apply - the tonal values may be easier to understand if you look at the ref in greyscale.
Thse points made, you do have some good solid painting here and nice texture.

Queen Bee
07-15-2005, 06:26 PM
Thanks Barbara,Caroline,Anita,Wayne,Jenner,Jan, and Valchina.

Dave-I knew I would have to go back and anchor the peppers. Posting it now will ensure I don't get lazy and skip that step.

Carol-I do love acrylics. They are so forgiving and easy to work with. You can use them so many different ways. There is a lot of dry brush and stippling in this one.

Nick-I agree about the stem on the red pepper. I'll work on thast when I anchor the peppers.

Marty-Thanks for your critique. I will work on that green pepper.

Hi Maureen. Thanks for your comments.

I will be gone for a couple of weeks. When I get back I will work on all the points you all have brought up and will update this thread. Hopefully it will be the new improved painting.

07-15-2005, 08:50 PM
I really love pepper paintings! You obviously can handle acrylics well.
The only thing that I find I'd want to work on is the white highlights. I find leaving the surface and building up to the white highlights liek building any value in steps will keep them more natural in appearance. Putting flat white over colours seems to make the white highlights look flat and solid and cartooney. This is fine in a graphic illustration but if you want to portray 3 dimensional values and realism, it does not work.
Also, the blue seems to create a 4 separate colour situation rather than harmonizing things. I'd have experiemnted more with neutrals, which could also be strong but not a solid almost primary colour.
Your skill with acrylics is there definately. This is just my opinion and please don't bother listening to it if you don't agree. :-)

07-16-2005, 08:35 AM
Nice work... Looking forward to seeing it when you have made the final changes.

Is this your second version of this painting in acrylics?

Don't forget to add it to the Peppers in Acrylics Project... :)

Best Wishes

Queen Bee
08-10-2005, 12:10 PM
I have finally gotten around to making all the changes in this paint thanks to all of your suggestions. You were all so helpful. I will post ref pic, my first acrylic of the ref,the origional 2nd painted and the hopefully improved final version.





08-10-2005, 12:30 PM
Very nicely done! Beautiful!

08-10-2005, 02:39 PM
You already heard everytning about your painting :D So I just can say : Great Job! :wave:


08-11-2005, 01:09 PM
Here's a rough photoshop image of your painting with the peppers on a table and more neutral colours in the background. I don't know if those colours are correct, but you get the idea!