All of that ripe summer produce inspired me to do a gridded page in my sketchbook with little vignettes of glossy purple eggplants, deep pink rhubarb stalks, shiny green peppers and prickly cucumbers...
|5-1/4" x 8-1/2", drawn directly with pen & ink, with watercolor added later|
Here are some closer views...
|Detail, 2" x 2-3/4"|
I love the deep magenta color of the rhubarb stalks, and the way the color transitions from red to green. I'm not sure I captured it very well in this little sketch - maybe I'll try a larger one sometime.
I like the curling tendril on this next sketch. I used a white gel pen to make the white dots of the prickly spines on the cucumbers. (That was much easier than trying to paint around all those spots of white!)
|Detail, 2-3/4" x 1-3/4"|
I think I managed to capture the yellow-y green color of the peppers in this painting...
|Detail, 2-1/4" x 2-1/2"|
... but my favorite part of this page is the hole-y, chewed-up leaves on the eggplant.
|Detail, 2" x 4"|
This is what I'm talking about when I encourage my students to draw what they actually see, not what they think a thing looks like. This isn't a generic plant; it's a particular plant at a specific moment in time, with individual leaves which have a unique pattern. And that pattern of chewed edges and ragged holes tells a story and makes for a more interesting painting.