Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hanging Fire

This afternoon, against my better judgement, I spooned onto my plate a big dollop of special red hot chili mango pickle that I had brought with me from India during my last trip. I really love the taste even if my mouth invariably is on fire, my eyes water and my sinuses start clearing up in a hurry. Its an indulgence I occasionally give in to. I remembered reading that peppers crank up the capsaicin content for self defense and fully appreciated the creativity behind the evolutionary weapon! Two days ago I was excited when my husband brought in first four shiny green Jalapeno peppers of this season, from the garden. Over the years I have also enjoyed painting (in color pencils) the peppers. I love the bright red color of the ripe peppers. Hanging Fire (16x12") is painted in watercolors on hot press board. I carefully misted the paper with water after painting the peppers and the basket with geraniums.

9 comments:

Kathy Staicer said...

I love the red in the painting too.

Kishore Choudhary said...

red is impressive
beautiful painting i liked it

meera said...

Thank you, Kathy and Kishore. I think interesting that red signifies danger as well as love :)

shicat said...

This is really a fluid picture with a great punch of colors.. the peppers of course!

meera said...

Thank you Cathy! I too liked how the painting turned out.

Sandeep Khedkar said...

Hi Meera
The red hot chillies offset against the cooler greens here is perfect! And a well made chilly pickle can go a long way with any meal!

meera said...

Thank you, Sandeep. And you are right about the pickles too :)

Sparrowhawk said...

lovely subject and you have painted it incredibly well! Love you write up too!

meera said...

@Sparrowhawk, Thanks! Its funny how even though I have this painting hanging in my dining room, until my husband pointed it out as his favorite for my 'Seven Links Project' I had not not thought about its beauty much :) I am really pleased about how it turned out!

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