Immediately after painting the lemon painting I wanted to loosen up and paint like I usually do, with stronger brushstrokes and more contrast. So I chose to set up essentially a complementary palette of green and purple. Because the green of the bell pepper was a uniform local color only by interpreting value was it possible to give shape to this item. The exercise of the lemon helped me make value judgments with greater ease and confidence, allowing me to focus on brushwork on this painting. It was a real pleasure to go back and forth between the tighter more specific investigation of the lemon to the loose investigation of the bell pepper this weekend.