View Full Version : A Pair of Pears still life

06-04-2006, 06:41 AM
Here's the newest still life I'm going to do over the next day. I've chosen two packham pears with a glass dish on cream silk cloth. It will have a dark background consisting of blue and red violets.

Heres the setup. I've run it through Photoshop and roughly worked in the background as I envisage it for the painting.


I'm working on burgundy AS colourfix (24cm x 40cm). Heres the initial layout sketch.


Thanks for looking!

06-04-2006, 07:28 AM
ooh lovely set up!

06-04-2006, 07:29 AM
Looks Great Leigh!! Will check back!

06-04-2006, 09:57 AM
I've started work on the cloth and putting in the background.
All colours used have been Winsor and Newtons. Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna and 2 tones of Davys Grey for the cloth. The background was layers of Winsor Violet Dioxazine (lightest and darkest tones), Quinacridone Violet and Indanthrene Blue.


I'm going to call it a night. I hope you enjoy this

M Douglas
06-04-2006, 11:35 AM
Love the set up, the paintings looking good so far, can't wait to see the next update.


Mikki Petersen
06-04-2006, 12:07 PM
Great set-up, if a little to centered. This should be a strong painting and looks like it will be fun to paint.


06-04-2006, 12:20 PM
looking good! i see the area, the tiniest area, between the cloth and the b/g.--do you make a tad of the cloth color into the b/g where they meet, to give that glowing look? i love that look right at that spot! and you are a brave one, to tackle that glass bowl! in the reg. photo, at first glance, i couldn't tell if it were a pile of crushed ice, or plastic, then oh wow, a bowl! i will love watching this one!

Donna A
06-04-2006, 03:31 PM
HI! Luscious set up!!! I love painting pears, too! And your title caught my eye! Last year I set up 3 pairs of pears, reds, greens and yellows. Sooo fun to play with names! :-)

The only thing I'd consider is letting the cloth go a bit more golden-ish----playing off against the violet. It may be an issue of photo color----but you described the silk as cream----and you can make wonderful use of this!

I LOVE the Art Spectrum Colourfix! And the AS pastels are my favorites! Best wishes with this lovely piece. I look forward to updates! Donna ;-}

06-04-2006, 04:57 PM
my my my ... what a lovely still life arrangement ... and a great beginning ... i'll be watching and taking notes for sure ... all the best to ya !!

Merethe T
06-05-2006, 08:42 AM
Really lovely set-up, this will be good.....Good start, I like the BG and the cloth look good! Will be watching......

06-05-2006, 08:47 AM
Wow! Thanks to all who have dropped in to say hello, I hope you like the way it shapes up.

I continued working on the cloth, being careful to lay in the reflected light on the folds of the fabric.


Once I had the cloth completed I worked on the beginning of the glass dish.


I'm not treating the dish with any particular special notice, just as another series of shapes to support my centre of interest.

06-05-2006, 09:01 AM
Lookin' good!
I am terrible I get so impatient with WIP's lol
I love watching the painting evolve but I want to see it finished yesterday lol
Needless to say, I cant wait to see this finished:D

06-05-2006, 09:05 AM
Leigh, what a wonderful image! I immediately get the feeling of an evening out in the big city...two carefree and divinely dressed "pears" are enjoying themselves immensely, with the limelight on them, sparkling and delightful to all who pass near.

06-05-2006, 09:35 AM
Leigh...enjoyed the progress so far, I'll keep watching!!

06-06-2006, 08:45 AM
I got back to this piece tonight, moving in with my greens and lemons to start moulding the pears.



With one of the pears now done I'm moving along, continuing to describe the glass and moving on to the second pair.


Then it was just a matter of completing the dish.

"A Pair of Pears"

Hope you like it. Any comments or queries welcome.

Nancy Leone
06-06-2006, 09:24 AM
Thank you for showing us your progress. I have "fear of glass" syndrome but seeing how you render the glass loosely and simply makes me feel I might give it a try someday.

06-06-2006, 09:29 AM
I'm glad I could demystify it for you Nancy. I'd never tackled glass until this piece so it was a bit of a learning curve. in the end it was only a supporting feature to the pears so keeping it loose helps the viewer move through the work a bit easier.

I hope you do get over your fear soon. You'll find it a rewarding experience! Remember you can't achieve anything worthwhile without the risk of failure!

M Douglas
06-06-2006, 10:13 AM
Wonderful painting, thank you for sharing your steps with us.


06-06-2006, 06:50 PM
Wonderful painting, thanks for the demo!!! It was fun watching your progression.

Susan Borgas
06-06-2006, 08:31 PM
Wonderful!!! :clap:

I would freak out trying to paint the bowl and fabric in this setup..... gosh it worked out really well though. Well done!!!!! :D

06-07-2006, 06:37 AM
Melodie, Jon and Susan - Thanks for looking. I'm glad you enjoyed the progress. I'm on a fair learning curve at the moment given that i've just started to work in still life.
I'm finding all the reactions to the dish and the fabric quite amusing considering they were the main appeal to me.

06-07-2006, 07:56 AM
Splendid finish Leigh!!!