View Full Version : Cherry Peppers W.I.P. and Completed painting.

01-13-2008, 01:51 PM
My husband and I canned some peppers a few months ago and they looked so nice in the jars that I just had to paint them. I've had this painting stuck in my head for three months and I'm just glad to finally get them out! I am far from done and I hope I can post these stages without messing this up. :lol:

The first image is the burnt umber underpainting with a little color layed in the peppers.

The second is a little glazing of color on the peppers and the reflections on the tabletop.

The third is more glazing on the tabletop, yellow ochre, red oxide and burnt umber to lay in the grain and a little work on the jar lids to the right. Each glazing layer requires another glaze of color on the reflections as well.

The fourth is the completed tabletop. I think I ended at six glazed layers on it.

I'm off to the studio yet again in the hopes of getting some work done on the empty jar and the peppers. Wish me luck....this may take awhile.

01-13-2008, 01:58 PM
It is so all around us isn't it? (Inspiration that is)
This is just lovely....Reminds me of helping Granny peel baby beets for pickling.
I like it very much!

01-13-2008, 02:17 PM
coming along quite nicely.

01-13-2008, 02:41 PM
Beautiful work, Debbie! Thanks for showing and explaining the steps. I loved seeing the drippy paint actually become water. The jars looks great, too! Very uniform as they should be. Nice work on the lids, also. I wouldn't want to be the one cleaning up the mess! I take it you didn't have to actually spill this to paint it?

01-13-2008, 03:32 PM
Thank you all for taking the time to peek at this and for the nice comments. Yes Linda...I actually did spill a jar just so that I could take my reference photo. Not to worry, they won't go to waste because my husband loves them!

Lady Carol
01-13-2008, 03:53 PM
Lovely work.

01-13-2008, 07:52 PM
Amazing realism.

01-13-2008, 09:05 PM
Wow. I mean... wow!

01-13-2008, 09:08 PM
Wow. I mean... wow!

I second that!!!

01-14-2008, 04:08 AM
awesome! ... your realism is to die for !! ... :thumbsup:

01-14-2008, 05:29 AM
Fantastic Realism in this work, right down to the woodgrain of the table!!. You should be proud of this!!! :clap:

01-14-2008, 06:54 AM
Please post the finish when you have it....I love this and can't wait!

01-14-2008, 07:38 AM
VERY NICE! My glazes often go too dark but yours are working well for you. I particularly like how you've shaped the peppers in the jar. they really feel squished up against the glass...

01-14-2008, 08:26 AM
Amazing work, Debbie!!! Thanks for sharing!!

01-14-2008, 09:39 AM
Thanks everyone for the kind responses. I'm hoping to get a little more done on this tonight after work and will hopefully post an update. I realize that I also forgot to mention the size. It's 16x20.

01-14-2008, 01:51 PM
The woodgrain.... Wow, just amazing work... and it all looks so wet!

Beautiful work.. Just beautiful... and I don't even like cherry peppers. :lol:

01-14-2008, 09:43 PM
Ok...managed to get a little more done tonight. Finished glazing the peppers that are laying on the tabletop. Cadmium Red, Emerald Green, Yellow ochre, Cadmium Yellow med., Burnt Umber, Ivory Black and Dioxazine (sp.?) purple.

Layed out the final glazes on the empty jar with Ivory Black, Tit. White, Burnt Umber and Emerald Green.

The next step is to get at those peppers in the jars. I've never painted anything soaking in liquid before so that should be an interesting challenge.

C&C welcome as usual. Thank you for looking.

Sorry for the glare...my ott light was working overtime.

01-15-2008, 06:57 AM
:wave: Hi Debbie!

Outstanding work! Amazing detail. I love realism! Question: When you glaze, do you use a glazing medium? I can never get my glazes to look this good. Can't wait for more installments. Thank you for posting this! :D


01-15-2008, 08:16 AM
Actually Elizabeth, I don't use a glazing medium. Just plain old water. It's cheap and easily available. Also serves to quench my thirst in the studio as well. :)

01-15-2008, 10:49 AM
That's looking great. First thing it made me think of is Mary Pratt.

01-15-2008, 01:14 PM
Thank you Michelle. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I didn't know who Mary Pratt was until I Googled her name.:o

01-15-2008, 03:50 PM
wonderfully done. I have never used a glaze, but i think I should try. Your results are beautiful.

01-16-2008, 01:29 AM
wow Debbie - I'm favouriting this and giving you five stars - a great thread - and a tremendous insight into how you achieved the awesome realism - thanksyou for sharing your technique.

01-16-2008, 08:29 AM
Thank you Colleen and Ruth. I'm hoping to update this by the end of the week but things have been busy. Maybe I should have my husband duct tape me to my studio chair in front of the easel......

01-16-2008, 08:56 AM
What an amazing WIP! Can't wait to see the update. That juice dripping off the edge is superb!

Soul Expressions
01-16-2008, 09:16 AM
Wow, that is amazing! Very impressive. Thanks for sharing

01-16-2008, 11:41 AM
Maybe I should have my husband duct tape me to my studio chair in front of the easel......

Good idea. :D

And don't be embarrassed, I only knew who she was because I happened to catch a special on tv. I was really impressed with her realism and the way she captures everyday items.

01-16-2008, 12:28 PM
Fantastic work!! I love your use of rich deep colour. The wood grain is amazing. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Charlie's Mum
01-16-2008, 02:29 PM
Your attention to detail and your powers of observation are amazing Debbie ........ yet more wondrous work from you! :D

01-17-2008, 09:49 PM
Sorry this took so long...but here's an update. Finished the glazes on the peppers in the jars except for the lids. Same colors as in the earlier washes. I may tweek things here and there yet. I didn't realize how difficult it was going to be to keep the jar lines straight. Ugh.

I am definetely going to deepen the glazes on the empty jar and then last but not least bring up some color in the lids on the jars and the ones laying on the table.

If I'm really lucky I can get this done over the weekend. Cross your fingers.

Thanks for looking.

01-17-2008, 09:53 PM
Debbie, this is sooo amazing!!! Truly remarkable!

01-18-2008, 06:01 AM
It's looking great, Debbie! :thumbsup: Can't wait to see the final!


01-18-2008, 10:59 AM
Thanks Lillian and Elizabeth for taking the time to peek at this.

01-18-2008, 12:59 PM
Its looking wonderful, Debbie.... Your detail is truly amazing.... and I've loved looking at the in-progress... Glazing, here I come! :)

01-19-2008, 10:41 PM
Finally finished this one up. Once again, sorry about the glare. I am hoping to get some better pics of it tomorrow with some real daylight.

Thanks for looking.

01-19-2008, 10:46 PM
Stunning piece. Beautiful in all aspects.

Lady Carol
01-19-2008, 10:56 PM
Beautiful. You are good with spilled stuff.

01-19-2008, 11:05 PM
debee- I Think Carol will clean up that mess for you. Your painting is very nice. Good Stuff! I guess you are painting with glazes? I've tried, just can't do it. Really nice work.

Aim small, shoot small.

01-19-2008, 11:22 PM
Beautiful beautiful work! Just amazes me how 'real' the glass of the jar and the screw tops look. Amazing.

01-19-2008, 11:37 PM
That is really exceptional, I wish I could paint as well.

01-20-2008, 12:32 AM
Oh wow:eek: I don't know what to say!!!!! Wow....wow....wow:clap: :clap: :clap:

01-20-2008, 02:48 AM
Beautiful finish... Excellent detail and good color... Very nice!

chammi kaiser
01-20-2008, 06:54 AM
Fantastic detail, colours - the glass and spilled water beautifully painted.

01-20-2008, 07:30 AM

01-20-2008, 08:01 AM
Exquisitely done!!

01-20-2008, 08:35 AM
You outdid yourself, Debbie! Bravo! :)

01-20-2008, 08:36 AM
Amazing detail!

01-20-2008, 10:16 AM
Thank you all for the nice comments.

Canning those peppers was a messy process....painting them was almost as messy. I realized halfway through that it was going to be difficult to apply each glaze layer to the peppers in the jars and still keep the jar lines straight. I know that I asked my husband at least three times....what was I thinking when I decided to paint this? :)

Again....thanks for looking.

01-20-2008, 11:16 AM
Never mind what you were thinking, it was worth it! Wonderful work.

01-20-2008, 02:55 PM
Outstanding in every way! Extremely well done, I love it!

Charlie's Mum
01-20-2008, 03:47 PM
As Lilian said - 'outstanding' ....... if this is entered in another show Debbie, make sure you tell us when you win! ;) :clap: :clap: :clap:

01-20-2008, 04:03 PM
absolutely brilliant !! ... kudos to you for persevering with it even when you were questioning yourself !! ... :thumbsup::thumbsup:

01-20-2008, 08:14 PM
Thank you all again...and yes Maureen, I think I will be entering this one in April. I will keep you posted.

01-20-2008, 08:31 PM
Utterly unbelievable debee.....I am agog here!:eek:
Would you consider a small step by step demo post showing how to mix colours and paint it on to get the glazes so perfect?
I am such a novice....I know what glazing looks like, but have absolutely no idea how the effect is reached.
I am sure others would be interested in this as well.
I hope I have not extended myself beyond what is proper for this forum, but I would love to learn (and see) how this technique is achieved.
Many people here have talked about it, and suggested ways to do it, but the concept is just not clear to me without a visual!

01-21-2008, 12:44 AM
Excellent! :thumbsup:


01-21-2008, 02:36 AM
What fabulous work you do Debbie. This looks so real. Amazing.

01-21-2008, 07:50 AM
Fantastic finish, Debbie! Love it Love it Love it!:clap: :clap: :clap:


01-21-2008, 10:37 AM
Thank you Elizabeth, Sue, Cella and Kathleen.

Kathleen: One of these days I may find the time to do a small demo. If I can remember to photograph the thing in stages that is! :rolleyes: