Here is a larger version of the same scene in No 192. It felt really good to work on a stretched canvas again and have a little more room to work with on these guys. This is the last of the pears too – finally time to move onto the pomegranates next.
Back to the fruit again. I had drifted into some harder stuff at the end of 2010 and felt like now was a good time to get back into a still life. I’m trying to do simple composition, painted from life to help me get back in a groove. This one was harder than where I left off but it felt great to be back working on these again.
Here’s Number 74. It’s another of the 16″ x 8″ ones and probably the last of the pears for this year. I was a little worried about trying one this big with three pears but it in the end it came together. I am going to miss painting them while I finish the others but will revisit them next year and hopefully on a larger canvas. This one was getting comfortable on our wall but a friend bought it and so it’s off to another home.
Here’s No. 70 which is from much earlier in the year – probably around number 5 or 6. After I finished it Leslie decided it was going to stay off the market and be a part of our “private collection.” Because I had the idea to progressively increase the price of each painting it made no sense to put one up that was not for sale so I let it stay out of the loop of this blog. I’ve loved this one since I finished it and thought it would be a shame not to share the nooks and crannies of this journey in addition to the ones that end up on Etsy. Plus, I’m trying to paint 100 paintings which is really freaking hard and every one counts.
I’ve a couple more like this to post on Wednesday and Thursday before getting back to the regular ones.
Here’s No. 65. Just a single pear this time and I used some of the new blue background fabric to mix up the back a little bit. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve done three of these in a row or what but this one felt so right. It’s exactly the way I want to paint but wrangling it sometimes seems impossible. I guess that is what practice is for. If you hit the right note enough times you start to learn where it is. This is the last of the pears for a while. I’ve got a few more landscapes coming up.