To pick a pepper…

Capsicum annuum/Jalapeno pepper. Watercolor. 5x5 Brandi Malarkey, artist.


…is to court injury. Or at the very least, free chiropractic care.

Rummaging in a friend’s garden resulted in two compositions of green. A green bell pepper and a Jalapeno became my next subjects, because “it shouldn’t be too hard”.

Having never done anything all in green, nor a lot of shiny specimens, I consider them tributes to my eternal optimism. However, practice makes perfect, or-hopefully in this case-shiny. So there need to be more shiny things in my future so that I can get really good at it.

Therefore I signed up for an online course specifically dealing with how to paint shiny, and have since been going about town pillaging the backyard gardens of various acquaintance for shiny growing things to practice with. My raids don’t usually result in adventures (although my campfire rose elevated my personal heart rate), however my hunt for Habanero and Serrano peppers resulted in an inelegant sprawl when I managed to catch my pants leg on the top of the garden fence I was climbing over, went over backward, and resulted in a dramatic thud. My back has not yet completely decided what it makes of that endeavor.

It is probably best that I am not a performance artist.

So here are my two new pepper paintings. Which I am hoping I will soon consider far inferior to what I shall be capable of doing by the end of the class. 😉

Capsicum annuum/Jalapeno pepper. Watercolor. 5x5 Brandi Malarkey, artist.
Capsicum annuum
Jalapeno pepper
Capsicum annuum/Green bell pepper. Watercolor. 5x5 Brandi Malarkey, artist.
Capsicum annuum
Green bell pepper

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