Today's post is a an attempt at a realistic sketch of a red chilli. With some time on one's hand it can be perfected a bit more. Have a red hot Sunday! Much light!
I had time on my hands to sit in the midst of plants to do this "alla prima" sketch of a plant that has very strongly sweet smelling flowers.
I have extended the term "alla prima" to include first hand sketching of a subject.
On our recent trip to India, my son had a chance to go an Indian village and visit some artisans and farmers. One of them was kind enough to gift him a clump of fresh peanuts.
This week I present to you an ink sketch of this clump. The foliage of this humble and yet versatile plant looked pretty unimpressive. But its uses are many: right from nitrogen fixation in the soil, through being the "soul food" in several culinary cultures (in India alone we have the "Chikki", "Sundal", "Chutney", "Mirchi ka Salan", ingredient in "Mixtures" to name a few) to Ground nut oil and Peanut Butter. It is also used in making soaps and in paints.
Who would have thought that?
To me, during the cold dark winters in Germany, I do have something to look forward to: a ground nut snack while watching TV. This way the winters become warm and cosy!
I am back with renewed vigour.
This week's sketch was started on my flight to Chennai, India. I completed it in the midst of trees and plants. The thistle and the leg and hand holding up a sign are from in flight magazines. Just recording my flight and arrival in India.
Have a great week! Much light!
I am an artist. I live and work in Berlin.