I went to the flea market on Saturday and searched the produce stalls for something pretty to paint. I thought it would be nice if it could also be something I would enjoy eating, but appearance took precedence over yumminess in this particular quest. The most attractive things I found were long, thin Japanese eggplants. I bought the three prettiest ones I saw, and I hurried home to paint them.
I did a study first, on paper. That is the weirdest thing. I never thought I would do studies; I thought studies would be tedious, but now I’m doing studies. I want to do studies. I want to work on issues and solve problems. Next thing you know, I’ll be doing thumbnail sketches and color notes. I can see it coming.
I’m already adding complementary colors – note the green background behind the purple eggplants and the yellow lemons in front of them. Not that I thought to myself, “This composition needs some complementary colors.” No, I just put things together until I liked the way everything looked and there they were – complementary colors.
This is getting interesting, so it’s a shame it’s almost April. April and May are the two busiest months of the year for the tie-dye business, because our biggest festival is Memorial Day Weekend. We work long hours in April and May. We often work right through the weekends if the sun is shining. Last year, I started this blog in February and posted absolutely nothing in April or May. Or June, for that matter — I was still recovering from April and May.
That was before I committed to posting at least once a week. That was why I committed to posting at least once a week. I intend to honor that commitment. Oh, and I’ve also sort of told my daughter that I will participate in Camp NaNoWriMo this April. Yes, I am out of my mind.
When will I paint?
This has become an important question, because I actually like this painting and that makes two in a row.