Adam Houston

American Impressionist Oil Painter

Orange Bell

Number 76 is an orange bell pepper. I still had some of the blue left over from the Persimmon yesterday and decided to add a little more teal and see what happened. I was still out of my canvas panels so this one is on a gallery wrapped, 8″ x 8″ canvas this time. It was a little unnerving to work larger (even though we’re just talking about 2 inches) but it also felt good to get back to where I was earlier in the year.

I had trouble getting the persimmon nice and orange and decided to do a bright yellow base on this one to start so that the orange would be nice and bright. It’s poking through a little on the background which adds a nice touch.

We’re leaving to visit family tomorrow and I am not 100% sure about the internet situation in L.A. (Lower Alabama) so it may be Friday before I post 77, 78 and 79. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Los Habaneros

Back to the new stuff. For number 73 we have some Habanero Peppers. I had run out of my canvas panels and decided to use a 16″ x 8″ stretched canvas that was purchased earlier in the year. I bought several of them back in April but ran out of gas trying to do the larger paintings.

It’s hard to really judge the size on the web but it’s four times the size of the 6″ x 6″ ones I’ve been doing. This was a little bit of a challenge but it was also nice to have a little room to paint. I laid them down on some light blue fabric and looked straight down at them while painting. My favorite part is the shadows of the stems on the fabric.

The Three Amigos

Something a little different for No. 23. (aka The Three Amigos). For this one I actually did three paintings – little ones – that are designed to go together. They are each 4″ x 4″ on very tiny stretched canvas.

I love painting these peppers. The color and shapes just work and doing them together like this was a little bit of a challenge. Here is a shot on the mantle so you can see them together…


El Habanero

This is No. 21 – it’s a pepper. The thing is, it was supposed to be a grapefruit. I started the grapefruit on Monday, worked it carefully this week and tried to finish it last night but ended up totally screwing it up. Which sucks.

I almost decided to give up go to bed but then realized that my whole problem is that I keep trying to work these things too much. I had the pepper lined up for this weekend and so I got it prepped, knocked it out and 30 minutes later was done.

This is a lot better than the grapefruit and took 1/10 of the time. It makes no sense but who am I to argue with El Habanero?