Pears and Pitcher

Pears are a favorite subject of mine to paint.  I’ve done lots of them.It is generally better to paint 3, 5, or 7 pears and not an even number.  Some think that two objects can be boring, but three is exciting!  In this painting I tried to remember a technique I learned from watching Julie Ford Oliver’s web site and blog.    She calls it fracturing (avoiding too many sharp edges) and she achieves wonderful results with this.

Roses in a Blue Bowl

Somewhere I remember admiring roses in a blue bowl, so I decided to try to paint a blue bowl with roses in it.  My model was actually a white bowl, but after I carefully shaded it and painted it in white, I used glaze and glazed over it with blue.  The shadows can easily be seen through the glaze.  It is an old master technique that I learned a long time ago–paint everything in brown tones with careful shading and then glaze over with color.