oil paintings and photography by Amber Honour

Painting a Little Bigger This Time

Painting a Little Bigger This Time
12×24 oil on canvas “Can’t Stand the Heat”


I started these peppers about the same time as the commissioned peppers I finished a few weeks ago. I just loved this photo so much and had an odd-shaped canvas I didn’t know what to do with. It was meant to be. Since I wasn’t a fan of painting the barn wood in the commission, I decided to skip it on this painting and I like the result. There was the same issue as the commission of the painting appearing flat, so I again exaggerated the lights and darks to make it more dimensional.

I’m super happy with how this turned out and I unexpectedly really liked working larger than I have been. Although I’m definitely not used to using so much paint at one time. Mixing up large piles of paint and using larger brushes took some getting used to. I was really excited to get this painting done because I thought it would be a good step toward working larger. I have since started a painting that is 24×30 inches. It was slightly less intimidating because this painting went so smoothly.

Unfortunately, this original painting won’t be for sale anytime soon. I realized too late that the canvas was warped so I’ll either have to re-stretch it on new stretcher bars, gift it, or offer it at a discount. I haven’t decided yet. I suppose this is what I get for trying to use up old cheap canvas. Never again.

Prints of this painting are available on Redbubble.

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