Nine Sides of a d'Anjou
9x12 inches - pastel on black Strathmore paper
Making up for some skipped days, and because I've got another painting ready to post tomorrow, I thought I'd put this latest pastel up.
It's based on the Daily Paintworks latest challenge, hosted by Carol Marine. For this challenge, a ten-minute limit was given for each small painting on a larger divided canvas. The purpose is to paint quickly and focus on what you see, not what you think you see, and eliminate details. It's amazing how quickly 10 minutes goes when you are painting; no time to dilly-dally - you have to get with the program immediately!
I must say this was one of the most valuable exercises I've done. I've never painted a pear before, and it's been far too long since I even painted from life. So, it was good on many levels. I absolutely loved the process! I admit that I did do some preliminary sketches of the pear with a ballpoint pen in my sketchbook before embarking on this pastel. I didn't have high expectations for this, given the obvious limitations, so I used the black Artagain paper I save for such things. I found the surface is improved greatly by sanding it.
The last two I finished with almost a minute to spare. And, best of all, I think you can actually tell they are pears. I am definitely doing this again in oils.
A photo of tonight's sunset. We are expecting about 4" of snow here tonight as yet another storm rolls through.