This is the first time in my life that I’ve ever painted an eggplant, or aubergine depending on your preference. It’s a shiny, rather odd food that is used as a vegetable, but is actually a fruit, or more specifically a berry. A really, really, big berry. I’ve previously covered this topic when discussing bananas, but it’s funny how many foods are often mislabeled. I rather love thinking of eggplant as this incredibly giant berry. It makes it rather cool, like you’ve found something amazing and unique. Indeed, I’m a fan of eating eggplant as well, and my favorite preparation by far is in the form of ratatouille. It’s not a food that makes the grocery list every week, but I do appreciate it when it appears. As a kid, of course, I favored Eggplant Parmesan, which, like anything completely buried in cheese, is absolutely delicious!
I’ve been enjoying a rather slow day today of relaxation that I now realize I probably needed. After weeks of burning my candle at both ends as they say, whoever they are, it was a lovely change to actually take a bit of a break. Now, fully rejuvenated, I’m ready to go back to being crazy again and doing too many things at once which still seems to suit me best in the end. I feel a bit lost if I’ve not driving toward some goal of making something happen. I’m not sure if this makes be driven or insane, but as we’ve learned from eggplants, classifications are often difficult to pinpoint. What matters most to me is always striving to do the things that make me happy and not get too bogged down in the things that don’t. And I hope as the holidays approach and I get of bit of extra time off work, I’ll be able to try some of the things I’ve been wanting to do next.
I’m wanting to play a bit and experiment a bit with my sketching and painting. To try to stylize things more or just take a break to play with toned paper. Though I can always manage to show up each day with a little illustration and story, I’m often moving so fast I can barely remember what just happened. In some ways, this has proven to be a viable technique. If I’m going full speed ahead, it’s simply not possible to second guess myself or worry about what it is I’m making. That’s a rather freeing thing indeed. When I have a bit more time, I tend to fuss over things and the result is often less appealing. Sometimes, I step back to wonder what kind of artist I might be, and think of myself as more of an illustrator than a painter. But, then I realize that it really doesn’t matter if whatever I’m doing is done with a bit of joy. And at other times, I rather think I have a bit in common with that big berry that looks like a vegetable, and, in the end, doesn’t know or care whether it’s eggplant, or aubergine.
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