"A Pair of Pears" 8x10 mixed media on wood
Today's painting was inspired by 3 beautiful pears that were perched on my kitchen counter. It was a wonderfully relaxing morning of painting at the breakfast table while T munched on cinnamon scones and the third pear.
I wish you could see the texture of this in person. It is just so... yummy! I used a textured piece of wood (I'm not sure what it's called) that I coated with black gesso. Then I drew the pears and began playing with paint and watercolor crayons. I finished the whole thing off with a coat of beeswax which gave it a very dreamy feel.
This pear painting took me back to my college days - not just because it is a still life (though I painted my fair share of those)... Painting pears reminded me of the college obsession I had with how women are perceived and stereotyped in society. A lot of my artwork at that time focused specifically on body image and labels. I drew, painted, and sculpted many variations of the female form and it's relation to apples and pears. Below is a relief print I created in a college printmaking class:
Thank you for indulging my little trip down memory lane...
Be sure to check out Day 5 over at the Creative Every Day blog! And, since it's Thursday lots of other artists will be sharing what they've been up to in their creative spaces!