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Old 04-18-2012, 09:11 PM
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Awhile ago I bought some Katagami print fabric on eBay for use in still lifes. I started with traditional setups but wasn't satisfied so set the fabric aside until I could come up with something different.

So far I've done two paintings with the same concept, the other one is here.

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WoW Don...this is very special...there's a simplicity yet complexity- harmony with discordant touches in the palette - can't believe the patience and skill needed to execute it...hat's off to you!
Hope to see some more here!
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What a beautiful still life. I am so impressed with your unique composition and the gorgeous execution of it. The colors are so rich I couldn't believe it was a watercolor. A standing ovation on this one (and the lemons also).
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Beautiful painting Don Fantastic Composition, The detail is exquisite
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Re: A Bowl of Peppers (xpost W/C)

Thank you very much Deirdre, Laura, and Dennis for you kind and encouraging words.

Laura, the richness of the colour in the peppers is enhanced by surrounding the relatively small, very highly saturated peppers with the unsaturated shadows and background pattern. If it were all highly saturated the peppers wouldn't 'pop' like they do here.

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Don, I thought I had commented on this, but obviously not. Perhaps I just remembered to pick my jaw up off the floor! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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Wow! Agree with bernignc! jaw dropping
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Magnificent piece of fine art!
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I can't imagine doing all that detail in watercolor. Very impressive!
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Thank you very much Carol, Tommie, Latha Damie, and Kari for your kind words.
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Wow!!!
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This is really great. What is that shade of red?
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Re: A Bowl of Peppers (xpost W/C)

Thank you Mark & Sam!

Sam, the red is Daniel Smith Pyrrol Red, which is a high chroma warm red, semi-transparent. There's a little warm yellow on the side towards the light, and the red is painted over a warm blue gray underpainting on the shadow side. The background is a complementary indigo which helps pop the reds.
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