More vegetables – tiny eggplants

Another one for the “Draw a Vegetable” Challenge!

I had a terrific dish at a recent potluck and meeting of the Botanical Artists Guild of So. California. The hostess gave out the recipe to everyone present and I filed it away as something I wanted to try. Today, I saw these baby eggplants at the market and decided that I would give it a try. It includes small tender eggplants, italian parsley, diced tomatoes, calamata olives, garlic and some spices – all mixed with the hands and baked in a shallow pan. But like a raccoon who must wash everything before eating it, I often feel compelled to draw or paint it.

This was sketched in my Superdeluxe Aquabee workbook, 9 x 9, 90# weight. I learned some things from it that I’ll take into consideration in doing a real painting. The best thing I learned was which colors to use to get that eggplant color, and I figured out some ways to get the colors to mingle on the wet paper.


  1. Linda
    March 1, 2006

    Oh, man, I love these eggplant paintings! I keep starting to buy eggplant just to paint (because I really don’t like it to eat) and you’re about to be the straw that broke the camel’s back … wonderful!

  2. lindsay
    March 1, 2006

    Karen long live the humble eggplant. I’m crazy about this watercolor! Now I have to get me some egg plants too!

  3. Jean Mikulla
    March 1, 2006

    I love your eggplants. I can’t tell you how many times I ended throwing something away because it went bad before I finished the painting. We grew some last summer and had wonderful eggplant parmesan. Jean

  4. Terri
    March 1, 2006

    You must use good quality gesso. The stuff I have is left over from my youngest’s school art days and is awful. I wouldn’t get a result as nice as this with it. Those eggplants look great. I could just about reach out and pick one up. :o)

  5. Terri
    March 1, 2006

    Karen, sorry, I was thinking this was the painting experiment you did in your coptic workbook??? But now I read you comments more carefully, I don’t think it can be. Sorry for the confusion.

  6. Wendee
    March 1, 2006

    What great eggplants! You have much more interesting fresh produce around than I do! LOL. I love seeing these snippets of everyone’s lives. :)

  7. Karen
    March 2, 2006

    Terri, the one I did in the coptic workbook is the sketch of the woman, which was for yesterday. Today’s painting sketch was done in the superdeluxe aquabee (SDAB) sketchbook, which is an all-media journal, 90# weight. It’s not as good as real watercolor paper, like 140#, but it doesn’t bleed through at all.

  8. ::Fer::
    March 2, 2006

    Great colors !! I love your sketchbooks!!

  9. Lin
    March 2, 2006

    These are AWESOME, Karen — they leap right off the page with luscious vitality!!

  10. carole
    March 2, 2006

    Oh, Karen, these are gorgeous! I love the glow you’ve achieved and they are just the right colour. I like watery watercolours, and think it is a master who can achieve that effect without it just looking a watery mess.

  11. Belinda Del Pesco
    March 2, 2006

    Wow, Karen, These are just gorgeous! Bravo, bravo!

  12. Anastasia
    March 2, 2006

    Great Eggplants Karen – they look so plump! I love eggplant parmigana – one of my favourite dishes ever!!

  13. dave h
    March 3, 2006

    these are really beautiful

  14. Roberto Bobrow
    March 3, 2006

    Althought I dislike eggplants, you made it a temptation.

  15. Rachel
    August 24, 2006

    Karen, I can see how reserving the white works for the shininess — these are great! thanks for you comments on my aubergines, and I’m going to keep working on them!

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