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what was I thinking?

February 22, 2013

I’ve spent all day trying to paint stripy aubergines. Pinstripe aubergines in fact. The beloved grew some last summer and I thought they’d be perfect to paint. And they would be if I had one of them in front of me. But I don’t. I only have an ordinary, purpleyblack aubergine, and it is what it is – unfortunately.

I have a painting I did in the summer which I tried to use as a reference point, but it’s not really good enough. I have various photographs, but none of them have the detail I need – and the light is coming in from different directions.

I should have thought of this before, and taken some better photos, or done the painting earlier or chosen something else to paint etc etc., but I didn’t and now the deadline is fast approaching.

I’ve been looking at the purpleyblack aubergine all day, willing it to turn into a pinstripe aubergine – or at least willing its calyx to take on the characteristics of a pinstripe aubergine, or its form to reflect the light in the way a pinstripe aubergine might, but it remains resolutely what it is.aubergine-cooked

So, I did the only thing possible. I cooked it – with some onions, garlic, mushroom, tomato passata and a generous spoonful of proper Madras curry paste, (because it’s been bitterly cold today and I needed warming).

That’ll teach it.

Doesn’t help with the painting much though…

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