Four Colorful Pears
Around Christmastime, I seemingly had a little bit more free time than I do at present. Anyway that, combined with being charged to paint a picture for my Aunt Ellie for Christmas, combined with putting together an Easter painting for Glenmary, led me to a lot of painting. Sometimes I paint from life, sometimes from pictures. One of my favorite sites to look for painting inspiration is Flickr…although sometimes I come across some pictures that are so pretty that I think “how could I possibly paint anything prettier.”
I ran across a picture of four pears on Flickr, called Pear Parade. This is one of those pictures where I wonder why even try to make it prettier (the lighting and arrangement, etc. is so perfect to me), but I tried anyway, and am happy with the results. First, I love painting fruit because I love the bright colors that you can get. Second, although I have painted fruit before, I was intrigued with painting the same thing but with differing attributes (tall v. skinny, green v. red, etc.). In the end, I really like how this painting came out — loose, but identifiable, and I love the delicate shadows under the pears.
Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene.
Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches.
In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend.
Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing.
Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband.
Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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