A third eggplant, long and skinny, lay behind the short, rounder eggplants.


The idea was to connect the three shapes.  After drawing the two, I liked the push and pull between them. “Two’s company, three’s a crowd”.  The splot in the background between the eggplants is the result of a raindrop falling from a clear, blue sky. I should darken both the highlights and the shadows, but I won’t.  I would rather start another one and keep the colors fresh. I enjoyed playing with the color scheme and making graduated washes for the background and odd, green shadows.

Drawn first with fountain pen filled with Noodler’s Black Ink, followed by watercolor.

Color Scheme: Analogous with split complements Yellow-Green, Yellow, Yellow-Orange plus Blue-Violet and Red-Violet.

My sketchbook permits me to play.  Ink and watercolor, like children, are most expressive and creative when handled without restraint, when allowed to move and flow where they will, exploring new possibilities.

Eight minute ink sketch

Wednesday is my night to cook dinner.  A trip to Trader Joe’s resulted in a collection of great shapes, bottles, vegetables and fruit.  I couldn’t resist a quick (very quick)  ink sketch before chopping, slicing and pouring.  No time to fuss.  Capture the moment and move on.  Later, I returned to the sketch and added color, bright, juicy color, to the ink sketch.  I used Waterman black ink which runs, even after it’s totally dry. The running ink invites loose strokes of color.

Colorful table of bottles and veggies

No longer having the items in front of me, I added color playfully, mixing for value more than hue.  The result is a split-complementary color scheme, fresh and vibrant.  No, I did not drink the whole bottle of wine before I started cooking dinner.  Had I painted the deep burgundy color of wine in the bottle, the dark shape would have blocked the movement from the foreground to the background as well as camouflage and compete with the bright red shape of the table top.

Sketch: drawn first with Waterman Phileas fountain pen filled with black Waterman Ink, followed by watercolor washes.


Beets and a Lemon


Yellow and Purple objects present the opportunity to play with pure color at both extremes of the value scale as well as the excitement of a complementary color scheme.  None of the other complementary colors allow such an extended value range without dilution of pigment either with water for watercolors or white for oils and acrylics.


Eggplant and Bananas