Pineapples are an intriguing fruit; not particularly friendly or enticing, but they promise a taste of something faraway. With just a few little nibbles, you’re teasing your toes in the the surf of a palm-fringed beach… Perhaps this is just years of cleverly-crafted marketing, but whatever it is I love the architecture and colours of the pineapple in all its varieties. So I decide to draw my first pineapple in an attempt to feel the the soft breeze and warmth of its native land.

Mauritius Pineapple, 30x22cm

This is a soft pastel study of a Mauritius ‘Queen Victoria’  pineapple, on pastel paper, drawn in March 2011.
Materials: Daler Rowney pastel sheet, Rembrandt soft pastels, Sennelier extra soft pastels, Conté pastel pencils, Faber-Castell pastel pencils and paper wiper.

 

Originally published: Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at 14:32 in Atelier, Inspiration

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