Monday, September 01, 2008

Awash in Pears

Awash in Pears
oil, oil pastels, acrylic, watercolor pencil, graphite on primed unmounted canvas,
image size 12" square, canvas size 14" squarish.

available $100 +$5 shipping
Sometimes a bit of insomnia can be useful. I lie in bed thinking about doing something more graphic, and watercolor-y without using watercolor paper. In the morning when I got down to it, I sketched the pears and calligraphy in graphite and watercolor pencils. Then I painted the sketch with matte medium and water, making the watercolor pencil permanent. A wash with thinned acrylic in a watercolor technique filled in the color. Then out came the oil pastels (Cray-pas) which melt with a brush dipped in odorless thinner. Finally a wash of thinned oil paint and it is done.

This is a painting that could be stretched on 11" stretchers or just slipped in a frame like this from IKEA. The mat opening is 11.5", perfect!


  1. Anonymous6:48 AM

    this I like very much

    catherine scotland

  2. delightful and fun!

  3. This technique sounds like a lot more WORK, but the results are wonderful. What will you think of next to delight us?

  4. Rhonda9:12 AM

    It is amazing how you can switch from one technique to the other and get awesome results from both. I like this one too.

  5. Great technique & a beautiful result. I might try something similar in experimental drawing class this afternoon.

  6. Anonymous11:47 PM

    Now, that is fabulous. I'm a sucker for text on art and I love the casual look of this artwork.


  7. I really like this too. And the text adds a great dimension.

  8. Oh, I really love this one. the colors are gorgeous and I am a sucker for watercolors.

  9. Anonymous12:16 PM

    I love this one too.
    It is more like your free spirited colourful bright quilts.
    While the others are more like a traditional quilt...your technique is amazing and admirable and I do like these as well, as I like traditional quilts ...but like your signature original Melody quilts, this watercolour really speaks to me in a delightful way. Linda in BC


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