Pear in Shadow

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This painting looks large on-screen, but in actuality it measures a mere 2 x 2 inches!

I have one of those ceramic berry containers that are meant to look like the plastic pints you get from the farmer’s market.

I tell you, no matter what I put in the container it winds up looking special.

Even a simple old pear.

The light and shadows fall through the vessel just like magic.

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 Then you add a frame and a painting that once looked cute, now looks splendid!

Maybe I’m lost in my own little world, but little things like this

just make me happy


DAY # 273 – JUST PEAR-fect

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Finished it!

I look at it now and realize there are way to many light reflections around the fruit container.  Judging by it’s light source, they should probably only really show on the bottom and left of the container…I’ll have to try to fix that tomorrow.

Other than that, it’s a pretty little ditty.  Happy.  Colorful.

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As usual, my cat likes it!

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I had a bit of time to spare, so I began sketching out my next watercolor.  I took the idea from some photos I took of amazing dahlias I bought at a local farm stand.  I always think of Dahlias when I think of this time of year. They are drop dead gorgeous!

Ok.  Instead of rambling, I’m going to cut this short and  go fill in some of those reflections!

Adios Muchachos!

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I tried so hard to finish this painting today but it wound up being a little too large and a little too detailed.

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Yesterday I completed most of the pear, so today was fabric day.


I first tackled the background.  For me, it is the easiest way to begin to establish the light vs. shaded areas.


Next were the “white” rings within the fabric pattern.  I learned fairly quickly on, there is barely any true white in a painting.  EVERYTHING HAS A SHADOW.  So even these rings have lights and darks depending on where they fall within the shape of a fabric crease.


After 4 hours my family finally pulled me away from the painting.  I got that look like “You didn’t really think you were going to sit here and work on this painting all day did you?”  They are so patient with me.  I kind of did too and I would have, but my family is my reminder to find balance in life.  So I made my peace with the fact that this painting would have to live to see another day, I snapped out of my art coma, and went and enjoyed my family and the rest of the day.


My favorite part of today’s work was creating the light and shadows from the fruit container.  I get such a kick out of playing with light.  It’s all of those tiny details that make a subject matter come to life.

I look forward to completing this tomorrow!

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#271- The Lone Pear

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The other day I was putzing around the kitchen, cleaning out my fruit bowl.  It’s that time of year, where all the amazing bounty from the garden, begins to rot!

Among the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and zucchini there was a lone pear.  Gosh, I don’t even remember buying pears.  How old was this pear?  I stuck it in one of those ceramic fruit containers, the ones made to look like the disposable pints you get with fruit.  All of a sudden, the pear looked really pretty.

Of course I thought…painting op!

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I also have this piece of fabric I just had to use.  The colors and patterns will be smashing!

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I took this morning to sketch out the still life and then I got going…

I got as far as the pear, which is a great place to leave off.  Tomorrow I can tackle the fabric.

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I also took a little time to add more purple into the shamrock plant.  I’m not sure if you can notice, but I’m happy with it.  cross another painting off the list!

It’s 3pm.  I finished early, because my kids wanted to cook.  Daughter – “Mom, can we please make homemade stuffed peppers”….Mom – “sure”.  Son – “I’d like to make JELLO with gummy worms swimming in it….”  Mom- “yeah, sure…. we can do that!”

So off to cook and enjoy a meal with friends.

Have a great weekend everybody!

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