I couldn’t decide what to paint for my next video demo until I saw a big beautiful eggplant (aubergine) in the market calling out to be painted! So I created a video on the complexities of painting an eggplant. Have a look.
Here’s the ‘Painting an Eggplant’ Video
This is a photograph of the setup. A reminder though – I always try to work from life. And I worked from life for this video. When I look at the photo, all the subtle colour changes that I saw in the luscious skin of the eggplant are missing as are all the other colours I saw.
And I’m off to the races!!
As you saw in the video, I spent time building up layers of colours especially on the eggplant. I had trouble getting the darkness right and balancing that darkness with colour. An interesting exercise for sure.
This demo took about an hour rather than the usual 35 mins or so. This was partly due to the increased size (from a 6 x 6 in square to a 6 x 11 in piece of paper) but also due to the complexity of colour I wanted to achieve while retaining the correct value structure.
I did use a limited palette but, because 50 pastels (Mount Vision’s workshop set) is more than I usually have to choose from, I found myself picking out more colours than I might have done with a smaller set.
Here are the pastels I used:
Have you ever painted an eggplant? Are you friend or foe with this vegetable. I’d LOVE to hear from you so why not leave a comment?!
Until next time,