Saturday, April 11, 2020

Pepper Eggplant & Tomatoes

Whether you call it eggplant or aubergine, it’s tasty when you roast it in the oven!

Of course it’s also good with tomatoes.

Eggplant is a popular still life vegetable. It has a beautiful deep purple skin and it’s very glossy. Most of the color shows up in the highlight reflections. The rest of it is so dark it almost looks black.

The original painting is for sale on Daily Paintworks.

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I started this painting with a coat of transparent red. I mixed it from Quinacridone Magenta and Hansa Yellow Medium. The transparency allows the drawing to show through. I added some Pyrrole Red in some areas because I wanted the brightest red possible.

My plan was to have some of the red show through in the final painting, and to use warm, vivid colors for the vegetables.

painting of an eggplant with tomatoes and a green pepper
Pepper Eggplant & Tomatoes
Acrylic on canvas board
Chris Breier © 2020
The glossiness of the skins was fun to paint, all of these vegetables have highlights that help to define their shapes.

I've been working with color more. Even those these colors may seem realistic, they’re definitely exaggerated. Eggplant isn't that purple in real life. The tomato has a little bit of magenta at the bottom.

If you watch the YouTube video you can see the color study that I created on my ipad for this painting. I don't normally use the ipad for color studies but it’s fast and convenient because I don't have to wait for the paint to dry. It also allows me to undo mistakes and take chances.

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