Eggplant, Or Aubergine

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 19 - Eggplant Or Aubergine - Doodlewash

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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#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 19 - Eggplant Or Aubergine - Doodlewash

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  1. a.filmer 5 years ago

    Beautiful. You have the gift of creating “shine.” Goes with your shiny personality.

  2. Catnip Blog 5 years ago

    If not joy then at the very least contentment or gratitude.
    Lovely post and water-color to match

  3. Pamela Smith 5 years ago

    Beautiful shine

  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 years ago

    Who but you could make a gem out of an eggplant. Well, call it an aubergine and already its status has risen. Cover it with cheese and it’s ambrosia. What a beautiful range of purples and greens you managed. Can’t wait to see what you create when you start to experiment.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, eggplant is an interesting thing indeed… I honestly had no idea how to capture the color so I just splashed a few around and hoped for the best!

  5. John Hofman 5 years ago

    Nice colours!

  6. Lisa 5 years ago

    I call them eggplant, but rather prefer aubergine which is so much more interesting as a word, and the name of a color.

  7. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    As always, a great painting! As for classifications and their relation to truth – one man’s eggplant is another man’s moussaka!

  8. louiseaprimeau 5 years ago

    You really did get the sheen on the aubergine’s skin. Really fabulous sketch Charlie!

  9. Jennifer McLean 5 years ago

    Ha, we seem to be on the same wavelength. I spent the entire day reading. What a lovely break. Tomorrow starts a new week with a new giveaway and lots of projects that are half done. Today though was magical. the only thing that could have made it better was a window seat, marshmallows in hot chocolate and a rainstorm. :o)

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Awww that sounds like a perfectly lovely day indeed! 😃💕 Yeah… I have the same with all the half done projects… hehe… I’m sure they’ll all get done when they’re ready to!

  10. anamika808creative 5 years ago

    Wonderful….Hey would u plz tell me how much time does it take to paint such amazing things per day….??..Cz it takes a lot of time for me..:)

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 I never spend more than an hour on painting and usually just about 30 minutes. If you zoom in… you can see what I mean! hehe… I tend to splash about and do about 3 layers just to create an illusion of realism. It’s fun and doesn’t take as much time as actual realism. 😉

  11. Hans B. 5 years ago


  12. Beautiful aubergines – another favorite plant of mine for painting. I still cannot post my artwork on Doodlewash because of technical problems. The only way to share my artwork is by referring you on my blog post with aubergines:

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Violeta! 😃💕 And beautifully done! Yeah, I hope the gallery problems get sorted soon… ugh… but definitely use the little image icon in the lower right of the post box in the community as that one should still work to share work! 😉

  13. broworkshop sketching 5 years ago

    Lovely as usual!

  14. Ellie 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous painting, you made, Charlie! The color is fantastic and of course you captured the sheen perfectly. I completely agree with a.filmer’s comment that your ability to paint shine is a reflection (hahaha!) of your personality.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕 hehe… that’s sweet of you. I don’t know what it is, but shiny things are my favorite!! lol

  15. Thomas Blanchard 5 years ago

    Lovely gigantic berries Charlie! lol I didn’t know this before now. Beautiful shapes and shine.

  16. SnehLata Maheshwari 5 years ago

    Beautiful shades , here this is known as a
    Vegetables and tasty. First time came to
    Know gigantic Berri’s Charlie. Thanks so much.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Snehlata! 😃💕 Yeah, you can always count on my posts to often contain weird random facts! lol

  17. Susan Cuss 5 years ago

    Ooooh, lookit that giant berry! So purply good, and shiny.

  18. Jill Gustavis 5 years ago

    Mmmm, well seasoned eggplant is so yummy. I recently made eggplant ‘meatballs’ and they were fantastic. Paired with a homemade marinara, mozzarella pearls, and lots of basil, they tasted like eggplant parm with no oil and more flavor. I have too admit to myself now that I follow up on your full posts, half for artistic interest and half for recipe inspiration! 😉

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      hehe.. Yay! Well… Philippe gets credit for any recipe inspiration usually as I don’t cook a thing. lol But yum to eggplant ‘meatballs’… that sounds amazing!! 😃💕

  19. Sandra Gilbert 5 years ago

    I didn’t know that eggplants were actually big berries. Which make that eggplant bacon recipe I found even more bizarre. 😛 I love the way you painted your eggplants. They look beautiful.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      hehe… thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Yep… you can rename it Bacon and Berries! lol

      • Sandra Gilbert 5 years ago

        Lol, actually the recipe is to turn your eggplant into a vegan bacon substitute, which would make it a big berry bacon substitute. Not sure my husband is going to be happy with that idea. 😄

  20. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    Gorgeous color!

  21. […] all while things we wouldn’t dream of calling a berry are exactly that. For example, bananas, eggplant and avocados are actually berries. And regarding the two fruits I’ve illustrated here today, […]

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