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Are pears harder to paint than human skin?

Why paint pears?

Unlike most other everyday subjects, pears tend to have deceptively complex forms and even more complex surfaces. So delicate and soft-skinned. They have perfect ripeness for only a short time. But even when overripe they are worthy of study. In fact, my first adult painting was of a bowl of rotten pears. 

And their colors! Daunting, breathtaking color shifts. I think they are more challenging than human skin, for several reasons:

1. Pears are multi-hued. The ones chosen for this tutorial each have a different local color. The difference is subtle, therefore a challenge to maintain.
2. A pear's surface can appear in so many ways. Wrinkled, bruised, variegated. This workshop will teach you how to avoid getting lost in the details.
3. Their forms tend to be planar, not spherical. The outlines are best when made up of straight lines which connect in a slightly rounded way, as necessary.

On the other hand, human forms tend toward a narrower band of variance. And we are so used to studying those around us that we know what to expect in drawn or painted human features. Pears, though simpler forms, can be very different and this (I think) causes painters to get lost.

This course will give you all the tools to articulate in paint what you see, including a white cloth! Very challenging.

What you'll get:

  • Complete color mixing guides
  • How to tone the panel
  • Drawing the pears, three videos. 
  • 11 painting sessions

This workshop shows you my method for painting these pears at a stroke by stroke level.