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05-25-2013, 12:26 AM
As you can probably guess, I enjoy painting pears. When I first take up a new medium, pears are the first thing I usually paint. After these two little painting it is probably time to move on to other subjects. Maybe a more complex still life this weekend.

These two paintings were both started with Derwent Artbar under paintings on hp watercolor paper that were covered with two coats of clear gesso. I used Neopastel and Holbien sticks on top. They are both 5 x 7. C & c's are always welcomed.

Thanks for looking.




05-25-2013, 10:47 AM
Doug, The color harmony is great in your first pear. I like all the textures. The pear is lovely in the second painting and I really like the underpainting showing through. I wonder what would happen if you toned down the purple shadow with a little pink or yellow.

Pat Isaac
05-25-2013, 10:49 AM
You are doing a great job with the pears and they are such a wonderful shape to start with. I do like the first one best as it has that glow to it.


05-25-2013, 01:10 PM
Sammy- Thanks for the kind words. I like the effect the can be achieved by leaving some of the under painting showing through. It also gives you a road map. That shadow isn't quite as dark IRL, and there is some magenta and pink in it, but it doesn't show much in the photo. I will take a look at it in the daylight. I was getting dark when I took the photo. Thanks for looking.

Pat- The joke in our house is that when I buy pears everyone asks if they are for eating or if they are for painting. I have them trained.:D I think I like the first one too. I softened the edges more on the first one. I have a good selection of fabric and I chose the green-blue for color harmony and the red for the complementary to green. Thanks for the encouraging words. I am having fun!


05-25-2013, 05:51 PM
Hi Doug, I like both your pears. The second has a great shape, the first for the colors. Both seriously your style of leaving underpainting peaking through is perfect for this fruit.

05-26-2013, 03:49 PM
Thanks, Mary. Pears have so many colours in them that you cans really go wrong. I love painting them.


06-06-2013, 04:16 AM
Douglas, both really great pears. Love the first one with the beautiful shades of green - and then that lovely orange shining through. You have inspired me to try under painting myself - something I've never done so looking forward to giving it a go.

06-06-2013, 10:29 PM
Hi! I like your pears! Did you see The Spotlight in soft Pastel talk? Maybe you can get some idea for pears. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1319059