Pineapple watercolor on yupo 6x8" by Meera Rao
I bought a pineapple last week and it sat on the counter for a few days ripening slowly. I sketched it in graphite first and then in watercolors. It took a lot longer to do the detailed pencil sketching than the paintings as I didn't do any pencil drawing of the fruit for either of the watercolor pineapple paintings. I used waterbrush pens for the smaller pineapple. I think sketching them in pencil and then with the waterbrush pen was definitely good practice- by the time I painted it on yupo I was familiar enough with the fruit. But I guess no sketching ahead may also explain why it is a little plumper in this version :) I also experimented by misting the yupo painting with alcohol to get the texture.
watercolor sketch with waterbrush pen 5x3"
We call pineapple as ananas in my mother tongue Kannada. I just found out that "In the scientific binomial Ananas comosus, ananas, the original name of the fruit, comes from the Tupi word nanas, meaning "excellent fruit", as recorded by André Thevet in 1555, and comosus, "tufted", refers to the stem of the fruit." Tupi is one of the languages from South America and the pineapple plant is indigenous to that area. I am sure, even though I am not aware of it, there is an interesting story as to how the fruit with it's name came to be a familiar crop all the way in southern India :)
graphite sketches 5x3"