What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?
February 6, 2014 Sue

It all started on a cold snowy day in Georgia- yes snowy day in Georgia. One of the very few we have here but it was a doozy! So I had the whole day inside the studio since I wasn’t going anywhere.

I was thinking of keeping warm and wanted to paint something bright. I found an inspiration photo of these peppers and I knew immediately that this was it. So the drawing began and the painting was started.



It was important to take the painting process a bit slowly for each pepper. I wanted my colors to mix on the paper for each individual pepper but not all over the paper. Painting around some of the small stems were a bit tricky too!

peppers2So I took my time, changing up the colors on each pepper to make each one look different. I talked about colormixing in my last post and there was quite a bit of that going on here. Can you see how the red changes in areas from orange or to a purplish color?

The next step was putting in a background and finishing it up. Always the hardest part- with lots of decisions to be made. This time I chose to make a darker section in middle to make those peppers pop out.



And the final step is a name- that’s where I need your help. I’m looking for some suggestions to name this painting. Something fun that will make you look twice.  What jumps out to you?  Leave a comment. Thanks all!


Comments (23)

  1. Cindy Mihalko 4 years ago

    I love this and want it! Let me know size and pricing, please.

    Here are some ideas for names:
    1. Dancing Peppers
    2. Let’s do the salsa
    3. Some like it hot

    Love your inspiration for doing this.
    Stay warm and safe!

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Cindy- what great suggestions! And I would be thrilled for you to take them home. The painting is 8 x 10 and it would come matted to a size of 11 x 14 so it will fit in a standard frame. The price is $200. Let me know and thanks for your interest!

  2. Anonymous 4 years ago

    How about ‘caliente’?
    Love how you chose to paint hot peppers on a cold winter day. The perfect antidote – :-)!

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Thanks! They did warm me up, plus the heater didn’t hurt.

  3. Kelly L McKenzie 4 years ago

    Chilly Peppers …

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Kelly- ooooh love the play on “chilly”!

  4. Deborah Weber 4 years ago

    Wonderful painting Sue – and especially fun to understand about color mixing. My title proposal: “In the Heat of the Bite.” 🙂

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      Sue 4 years ago

      What a great suggestion Deborah, I will have to “chew” on that. Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Harmony Harrison 4 years ago

    We used to have a Thai restaurant in my town where the owner, Charlie, liked things so hot they’d burn the mouths of most other people. He had a scale for each dish: Mild, Medium, Hot, and Charlie Hot. Your painting makes me think of “Charlie Hot,” so that’s my name suggestion!

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Harmony- I love Thai food and now i will think of Charlie Hot whenever I eat it! Thanks for your suggestion.

  6. Boy do I like this watercolor and your invitation. I think I’d call it “videnda.” It’s a noun that means “what is to be observed”; the things that should be seen or visited…

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Susan, thanks for giving me an international “flavor” to my choice of name, love it!

  7. Janet 4 years ago

    Wow, Sue, it is beautiful to watch this painting come to life! I don’t know about a title for this painting but the words running through my head: Peter picked a peck of pickled peppers!

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Janet, so glad you enjoyed it. Looking back I wish I took some more photos as I went along. But I’m learning as I go.
      Love your thoughts on the tongue twister too!!

  8. Linda Watson 4 years ago

    Great painting. Love how the colors blend to create new colors. How about Snow Chiles? Or Georgia Chilly.

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Linda- love those suggestions, thanks and glad you enjoyed it!

  9. Susan 4 years ago

    You’ve got some great suggestions for names in the comments, Sue. The only thing I can think of is Red Hots but there are better ones suggested already. You’ll know it when you hear the right one.

    On the other hand a woman bought a landscape from me during the last studio tour, one I hadn’t gotten around to naming. She actually was excited about that and said, “Oh good, then I can name it myself.”

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Now that’s a terrific option Susan- anyone interested in purchasing these lovely peppers can choose their own name for the painting! Brilliant!

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  11. You really are amazing, Sue…..your peppers seem more photograph
    than watercolor
    and yet so much more artful than just a snapped image.
    Wonderful eye and talent you are:)
    Salsa warm now….thanks,

  12. Debbie Goode 4 years ago

    Oh how I love this…..the vibrancy of the colors! Its crisp and clean and so refreshing! Beautiful!

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Debbie, thanks so much for stopping by and for your lovely comments!

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