Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Red pear 3




The Husband brought me this marvelously weird-shaped pear to paint. It was a really enjoyable painting experience (it's nice to have a non-teeth-gnashing session once in a while).


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19 comments:

LSaeta said...

Oh ... I like this one. You really nailed it. Beautiful job, my dear!

r garriott said...

Gah-gah-Gorgeous! (That's a good thing.) Mouthwatering, even. What a cool shape. The Husband must have something of an artistic eye! Care to share your color palette on this one?

Loriann Signori said...

Beautiful color heightens the pear's crazy shape. Love it.

Jala Pfaff said...

Leslie - Thanks. I enjoyed this one too (as well as eating it).

R - Thanks, it WAS mouthwatering. The Husband is actually an artist too--acrylic and encaustic abstracts. Let's see, the palette on this was...I think...all 3 cad reds, plus alizarin, ultramarine, and yellow ochre.

Loriann - Thank you!

Edward Burton said...

Wonderful pear, Jala! Such a fun shape.

bonnieluria said...

I can see why that particular pear made it home and how its' image had to jump onto your canvas.
The only tooth gnashing was reserved for decimating the pear after it posed.

Love those warm colors and the glow of the fruits' skin.

A beauty!
Oh- and PS- painted without any turps yesterday and loved the finish. I can't thank you enough.
PPS- but if you want to come here anyway.........:-)

Sally Shisler......... said...

It's great how you've come so close to placing the pear itself in the middle, but avoided the traditional 'no-no' of centering by placing color and highlight notes (I count roughly 5 of them)in areas that keep the eye moving. Way to go!

Janelle Goodwin said...

You do the best pears. This one looks regal!

Carolyn Finnell said...

I always love how you handle a low key painting. Mostly dark value is not easy for me.

stephen brown said...

hi jala. love your work. i was intrigued by your blog because i have a similar way of working - i do simple, realistic still lifes (i love euan uglow) and then will do an abstract landscape - i live in ireland which lends itself to that style. my art teachers say that doing different styles marks you as amateur as people in the art world want to recognize your work by your style. do you agree? and do you think you will ever choose one style? btw, my blog is http://sebrown-art.blogspot.com - i don't have any abstracts on there yet, though. happy painting!

Cathyann said...

Don't these pears have human qualities? this one looks like it came out to take a bow. Nice work, Jala

Jane Hunt said...

Jala - I love the color contrast here. Just beautiful!

Vicki Shuck said...

you've been tagged for the Passion for Painting Award, Jala. Go to my blog to see what to do if you'd like to follow through; lovely pear!

Marian Fortunati said...

It's so great when those we love care enough to search for things that we would find interesting and intriguing.

Love the contrasts!

Sandra Galda a Daily Painter said...

I love your level of realism here, I have been struggling with pears this week. Eventually they will be consummed.....

Jala Pfaff said...

Edward - Thanks, it was such a fun, bizarre shape!

Bonnie - Thank you, and I'm so glad your painting experience is going better now. I might just have to come visit you anyway someday. :)

Sally - Thank you. That's very perceptive. In fact, more than what I thought about. I tend to do composition by feel, rather than by thinking about it much. When I had composition class in art school, I had to actually try to NOT "learn" that stuff formally, because it had started to interfere with my instinct.

Janelle - Thank you. "Regal," I like that!

Carolyn - thanks. Interesting how you always notice the key in my paintings! I myself don't, often.

Stephen - Thank you. I visited your site too and really enjoyed it. I LOVE Euan Uglow too!!

Cathyann - That's totally what I love about painting pears. They're all similar yet all different, individuals, with their personalities and lumpen qualities like us. :)

Jane - Thank you. Apparently you're also in the Boulder Art Association? I guess we'll meet...someday. In the meantime, I'm teaching on the BAA meeting nights, so although I joined, I've yet to attend.

Vicki - Thank you so much! I'm very tagged-out at the moment, but I ALWAYS so appreciate the kindness of the attention! I won't say no to an award. :)

Marian - You're so right.

Sandra - Thanks. It's one of the benefits of trying to paint pears. This one was so tasty and perfumed...mmmm....

Vern Schwarz said...

Gorgeous painting Jala. These colours are fabulous together, with the background just making the pear pop.

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

Such character in your red pear!!

Gesa said...

What great shape - it's so intriguing how your handling of lights/darks along with the shape make it dance. Very cool!