Tuesday, January 20, 2009

No. 68. I got hot Chilis for ya

Oils Still Life Study on canvas panel. 7" x 5". Click here to buy this study.

This is last night's work. I had to pop out to get some bread in the supermarket and I picked up these shiny chili peppers along the way. Curiously, of the three peppers in the pack, one was a real little runt, as if the other two had sucked away its life-force while in the pack. I know some people like that; but I digress. I placed the peppers on a piece of fabric that's starting to become overly familiar on these pages. I'll have to get some more off-cuts from the haberdasher's.

It all took about an hour and a half. I had a glass of whiskey to keep out the cold. Despite that, after a while I got an intense ache in the knuckles of my right hand [my brush hand]. I thought it might be the result of  holding the brush too tensely, but it also could be the onset of rheumatism, in this cold, damp weather we're having. It surely put the *ahem* pain in painting.

Incidentally, according to Wikipedia, chili peppers are the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae, which also includes Aubergines. Cool. Somebody get me a glass of water!


Kathleen said...

Nice painting! And ironic! Capsaicin is the active component of chili peppers and its used in topical ointments to relieve the pain of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with arthritis, simple backache, strains and sprains.
I would prefer the whiskey too!

Kevo said...

Thank you Kathleen -and thanks for the info about Capsaicin. I might start adding chillis to everything to ease my aching bones! Keep dropping by, your comments are very welcome, Kevin