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Delmus Phelps
06-14-2010, 11:24 AM



Title: Bells tops down, stop light peppers
Year Created:
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 9
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

Stop light peppers with such a display of bright colors.<br>

Was the background too plain?<br><br>Composition ok?<br><br>

06-14-2010, 11:33 AM
very fun. Also like the expressions/gestures

06-14-2010, 11:42 AM
my goodness you're good at this!

here's to hoping the frame doesn't touch the edge of peppers?

plain background's perfect; comp is fab, love the little shelves you do


06-14-2010, 02:30 PM
The peppers are absolutely perfect. Could almost take a bite out of one. The background is good too. The only tiny nit I have is the background area underneath the shelf wants to come foreward in my eye. Perhaps some shadows under the shelf?

06-14-2010, 03:37 PM
You understand the world of plants Delmus, it shows in anything of this nature you do. My only complaint with comp is that this is going to suffer from framing. The frame will I think take up 1/8 inch overlap on each side. Unless something is purposely leaving the picture plane, I like to leave an inch or so at the very least for edges...it might be 'floated' in a frame...

valentine girl
06-14-2010, 05:21 PM
this picyure is mouth watering!*****sandy

Delmus Phelps
06-15-2010, 02:10 PM
I think when I took the pic for this it was framed, but the tightness of the image to the sides is something I'll need to be mindful of. The framing was cropped out.

Most of these usually have a bit of shadowing underneath, but I saw a another piece done similar where the shelf appears floating. I don't know, even though the back of the shelf is out of focus, I'm not sure I captured this effect.
I 've got another that I'll post that is similar with a wooden shelf (i think) and a shadowed underside.

06-15-2010, 03:03 PM
they'll go really well with the salad I'm making

Delmus Phelps
09-21-2010, 09:43 AM



I guess these must have gotten lost in the server migration, so I have reposted the pics using the correct naming convention, I hope?

I getting ready to do another set of these using an ORANGE PEPPER!

Any advice on where to place the orange one, and which of the three here would have to go?

09-21-2010, 10:40 AM
Thanks for reposting, Delmus
They're wonderful.
I'd slide the yellow and green a little closer together and then put the orange off to the right by itself

09-21-2010, 04:48 PM
very enjoyable....may be a few shadows under the shelf, and light splash of different color? The bottom looks a bit uniform with the upper wall.

Delmus Phelps
09-26-2010, 06:10 PM
Thanks for reposting, Delmus
They're wonderful.
I'd slide the yellow and green a little closer together and then put the orange off to the right by itself

Got my orange yellow green and red peppers together. Will be photographing to see the best arrangement. Will post, might need to start thread in the WIP section. Yes, thanks for the great idea Bill! As usual, WC folks come through!

Delmus Phelps
10-05-2010, 08:34 AM
OK, I've posted this in the WIC forum, and here's the link to get there.


I've got several to choose from, so, if you'd like to help develop a masterpiece ;) slip over there and give me your vote.






I'm going to start one this morning, but I think there are at least 2 maybe three paintings here! :cool:

Best wishes!

10-05-2010, 03:29 PM
I would paint #2 and #3
#2 because of very nice position of shadows
#3 because of its playfulness
but it would be nice if you paint those, to make the peppers bigger as the peppers on the last two

Delmus Phelps
11-16-2010, 02:19 PM


Here's an update on the peppers theme. trying to think of a catchy name. Any thoughts?

line dance peppers? bikini bottom blues? just thinking and laughing out loud!

Delmus Phelps
01-23-2011, 08:14 PM
Boy, I had to dig deep to find this thread. I finally got these beauties finished and delivered. One is called line dance peppers, and I still can't figure what to call the other. any suggestions?



Dana Design
01-24-2011, 10:55 AM
Wow! These are just superior paintings, Delmus! An amazing treat for the eyes. Well done, chap!

Delmus Phelps
01-28-2011, 11:42 AM
I think folks enjoy seeing the process as much as I do. I'll include some shots of the green pepper as it went along:


Here's the beginning with the dead layer showing.

The next shot is of the green's being blocked in, then using a small filbert I begin blending:


After this blending, I used a 1 inch mop brush to soft dry brush blend the strokes away:


Then I needed to go back in with more highlights as the blending mixed them to far down:


This is the last pic with the water droplets added and final highlights:


Thanks for all the kind words. It really does help to get the encouragement and I'm grateful.

I think my studio is finally warmed up, so I need to head out,
till next time:)

01-28-2011, 02:05 PM
You are the pepper king