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PostSubject: Okra - painting through a slump   Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:21 am

I mentioned in the General Chat forum here that I was going through a painting slump. Well I forced myself to paint and am not sure that's such a good idea. We planted some beautiful maroon colored okra this year and it's a gorgeous color/colors - variegated maroon and lime green. Anyway, I decided to try to paint it and it came out pretty awful. That's why I say that I don't think forcing oneself to paint is a good idea. Of course, the difficulty of shading reds could be part of the problem too! I also didn't give it too much effort!

Alkyd oils on canvas sheet. Painting to follow.


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PostSubject: Re: Okra - painting through a slump   Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:22 am

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PostSubject: Re: Okra - painting through a slump   Sat Aug 29, 2015 2:30 pm

I don't think it came out so awful. Actually the colors make it kind of enticing. I've never eaten okra but I've had people tell me it is good fried or roasted or something like that.

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PostSubject: Re: Okra - painting through a slump   Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:21 pm

Thanks, Judy - I know it's not great but a fun painting anyway.

As I said, this particular variety is in jewel-tones of red and with bits of green, it's very pretty and unusual although when it's cooked, it turns colors back into the same old usual green.

You should try it although okra is a vegetable that's usually either loved or hated. Boiled or stewed okra by itself produces a thick, stringy substance that most people hate - they call it snotty okra (which sort of spoils it for most people who have never tried it)! However, when it's fried (with or without breading), it's crispy and delicious with no strings.

I like it fried but also stewed with tomatoes as that seems to cut the mucus-y stuff completely out. It's also great in soups, stews and gumbos and we love it drizzled with olive oil and grilled on the bar-b-que then sprinkled with sea salt. I think our favorite may be okra pickles though. You can buy those in most supermarkets if you want to try them that way but each way you prepare it creates a different taste and texture. You really won't know if you like it or not until you've had it prepared in all of the various ways it can be prepared!

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PostSubject: Re: Okra - painting through a slump   Sun Aug 30, 2015 2:45 pm

My husband used it in his turkey gumbo for thickening and it was very good. Fried sounds good, snotty not so good.

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PostSubject: Re: Okra - painting through a slump   Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:51 pm

I think this turned out pretty well. The lighting on the okra looks diffuse, so the highlights are not strong. That seems to lessen the contrast. It's a tough subject, painting red on red on white, and I think you captured their strange shapes and colour very well! And now, on to your next one!

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PostSubject: Re: Okra - painting through a slump   Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:31 pm

Thanks for commenting. Actually, there were some good highlights and contrasts in real life but I couldn't get the right colors and wasn't really in the mood to paint so just quit when I lost the light. Maybe I'll paint them again someday.
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PostSubject: Re: Okra - painting through a slump   Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:29 pm

Hi Jan, Don't be hard on yourself. It looks quite good. You chose a difficult subject. However, as a feedback: I feel you could have tried a little more temperature variation also I think you have a little room for value variation as well. I love the composition and yes.. Gumbo sounds good!… Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Okra - painting through a slump   Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:20 pm

Thanks & I agree, Faisal, and will definitely try painting this okra again using your suggestions!

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