A Chilli Reception

Isn’t it funny that just when you think you’ve made a decent picture, fate intervenes and reminds you with the next one that she plays a part in your success too? I bought these chilli plants yesterday and thought that I could paint them in watercolour. Boy, has it been a struggle.

Chilli plants watercolourI’ve finished the picture, and although it’s kind of ok, I’m still feeling there’s something missing. I think my issues might have been partly due to the fact that I didn’t have a very clear picture in my head of how I wanted this to look.

First I painted the plants very lightly and sketchily in yellows and pale greens. The little chillies just looked wishy-washy and malformed. I added a darker green, and they still looked unconvincing. They only started to perk up a little bit when I threw in some Windsor Blue, but I feel that even that wasn’t their salvation.

I don’t know. Some you win, some you, well, don’t win so much… But onwards and upwards!


15 thoughts on “A Chilli Reception

  1. Very nice. If you want to add a little something, what about a little ladybug or something on the left side? : ) I sort of feel like there could be a garden tool or something. Maybe a shadow below the container? Lovely work.

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  2. you are brave to be so frank.
    little vignettes offer up something for each viewer to complete. viewers of paintings have work to do also–painters aren’t required to be so complete there is no visual conversation necessary.
    ….that aside, in our backyard at this moment there are three little immature chili plants in a row just like these. and so, you see, you so easily brought me a smile from the other side of the planet.
    and that for any painter, is success.

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  3. I love the combination of greens in this – stunning! I wouldn’t have guessed you would be unhappy with it. After reading the comments though I can now also imagine some red in there making that green shine even brighter 🙂


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