Monday, December 8, 2014

Three-Pear Study I


Pears are so great to paint.  I guess that's why they show up in so much art work.  The shape is almost figurative in nature with its curves and chiseled angles.  Then there's the formative shadows and reflections, the implied movement.... the gesture and posture.  

This painting was done from life.  Below is a picture of my still life set-up through my view finder.  The next picture is what I sketched in with a wash of Burnt Umber.  I also laid in a little white to get a feel for the composition.  I had intended to paint all the warm colors I saw in the pears, but ended up liking the cool colors that were coming through from the light blue hues of the canvas, so I stuck with those.  


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