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.