Try this at home

A PEPPERY SUBJECT!—YOU SURE I CAN DO THIS?

Shari Blaukopf's Sketchbook

I like to experiment with different ways of working, even if my sketches aren’t always successful. How else do you learn, right? On my counter are some red peppers that need roasting, and before they hit the grill I thought I might try to paint them in a different way than usual. Instead of building up colour in layers of transparent wash, my aim was to get the intensity of the colour right in one pass, or close to it. I used my biggest brush — a 1″ flat which is quite big for an 8″ x 5″ sketch. Reds are always difficult for me so I thought this might help me practice. I also tried to lose some edges, especially where the pepper shapes overlap. And lastly, it was kind of fun to use the watercolour like oil paint, thickly, in its purest form, especially on the pepper stems. If you are game to experiment…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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