Tuesday, July 13, 2010
"Trio", oil on canvas, 22" x 28"
I am a big cheat. Getting lost on my computer yesterday (I would say "Surfing the Web", but that sounds so late '90's, no?) I came across this gorgeous picture of pears, and couldn't help myself; I had to paint it. Basically I violated several rules of what I know to be truths in the world of art: don't paint from a photograph, always create your own composition, and... well, I'm sure there's another in there too. Part of me is a little weary of breaking these rules, but the rest of me thinks, "Who Cares?!"
I think it is safe to assume at this point that I love a good pear to paint, and these were gorgeous. And who cares that they are completely out of season? The prominent yellow in the greens give these pears just as much life as the rest of the Summer harvest, and I added the plum color in the back ground to really bring it out. I also enjoyed adding more contrast (set with the burnt umbers), allowing more of the forms to pop!, regardless of the fact that I smoothed all edges of each pear.
So yes, I painted from a photograph that intrigued me, and made it my own. I hope that my spin on these lush pears intrigues you too.
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