Saturday, August 09, 2014

Bulgarian Carrot Pepper

While my head is wrapped around researching and creating a body of paintings for a solo exhibition in 2015, I still find time to sketch daily. I know, I know, I keep harping on about it but I can't apologize. Drawing is THE key element in all art disciplines. If you can't draw, you're in a boat without a paddle. So step away from the computer, look at whatever else is in front of you and draw it. 5 minutes, 10 minutes. Just do it. You'll thank me eventually for bugging you about it. :)

This time of year the garden offers up lots of bounty and is the inspiration for sketches. This is a watercolour sketch of a Bulgarian Carrot pepper, also known as "Shipkas”. It's small, about 2 inches in size, and the colour is beautiful. I haven't eaten it yet, so can't tell you my version of the heat factor, but this Scoville rating states heat between 12,000 and 30,000 units. Research seems varied on that, but there are so many factors involved that create levels of heat in peppers, as well as individual taste tolerance too that it is difficult to provide an accurate guide. I think I'll try making a hot sauce with some and see what the heat level is like for me.

And a sad note, Lucky and his friend Lily were attacked the other evening in the garden.  Lucky was killed and Lily gone.  It was most likely the silver fox that has been hanging around for the last week or two.  The ducks were part of the landscape for me and visitors and are missed.  Life in the country is never easy.


Marguerite said...

Love the pepper Jeanette. You do know though that you are becoming the 'voice in my head' :-)

It is going to be very hard to come to the farm and not see Lucky and Lilly, their antics really made me smile and I will miss them.

Christiane Kingsley said...

I find myself sketching more and more and really enjoying it.
Again, I am very sorry about Lucky and Lily.

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Jeanette,
So sorry to learn about your animals. You're sure right about life in the country. Don't laugh, but I've always wondered-- even as a kid--that if God could do anything, why would he (it) make a world in which survival is based on killing. I mean really...if you were God, wouldn't you come up with a better way to run a world?
On a lighter note...very nice pepper painting. And we'll all be standing-by for your personal heat index rating for it! :)) Be careful!
Have a nice Sunday, Jeanette.

suzanneberry said...

Lovely pepper my friend! and you are so right, i've been harping at moi to get back to drawing, it's so important!

i am so sorry to hear about Lucky and Lily! this part of life here is so hard to reconcile. so sad.

take care and good luck with the preparations!!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

love that gull sketch :D

haven't had those peppers, I'm a wimp when it comes to hot food lol

Jeanette Jobson said...

Marguerite, it shows you're thinking about art if my voice is echoing in your head. And yes, it will be strange without the ducks here.

Christiane, sketching is built in for me now and my day doesn't feel right if I can't do so.

Gary, death and taxes, the unavoidables in life. I know animals do what they are designed to do, it just seems unfair sometimes.

Once I have enough enough of these peppers ripe, I'll make a hot sauce and let you know.

Hey Suz, I'm glad you're back in the groove again and yes drawing pushes me into my own groove.

Stupid, smart fox. He/she was around for a week or more and was chased away from the ducks previously. I guess he got lucky or they got unlucky.

Thanks for stopping by, I'm a bit quiet lately as I'm up to my neck in paintings and boats but making progress.

Jen, I developed that sketch more in a full charcoal drawing that I enjoyed doing. I love charcoal.

The heat rating on this pepper is all over the map depending on what site you look at. I'll know more when I eat some. I don't like really hot stuff. I don't mind some heat but not the kind that kills your tastebuds and you can't feel your tongue or lips for hours after. :)