Monday, September 3, 2012


Since pear paintings are all I'm doing these days, I wonder why.  Perhaps I'm just not inspired enough to create anything unusual.  Perhaps I don't have as much time to paint as I once did.  Perhaps pears are just easy and I can go to my art room and put some paint on paper and feel like I'm painting something besides lesson plans for my beginner class.

Pears are pretty simple.  Not complicated compositions; not complicated colors.  They come in a variety of color coordinations, too. 

I guess I'll do pears until I have time and inspiration hits for me to move on to something else. 

So another one - playing with colors.  Breaking down the composition even more to just 3 pears. 

This one is called Two Against One. 

It has a few more stages to go before it's finished.

Today is Labor Day here in the U.S.  A day for cookouts, barbeques, picnics.  The last hurrah of summer.  Hope everyone has a covered deck or porch because it's going to be raining raining raining all day in most places in the midwest (the curve up and to the east from the leftovers from Hurricane Isaac).


Vandy said...

Happy Labour Day, Rhonda.

I'm convinced that when you're really enjoying painting a subject it shows. And your pears just glow so I think my maxim is borne out here. Keep on painting pears - they are great.

Look good enough to eat, in fact.

Mick Carney said...

And why not paint pears? There is much to be learned from spending time with a single subject and thoroughly exploring it. They are lovely in your hands.


Son una peras preciosas, Rhonda. Tus colores al agua tienen mucha delicadeza y alegría.

Gracias por mencionar mi blog en tu maravilloso lugar.

Te envío un beso para ti desde España.

Judith Farnworth Art said...

I also paint a lot of pears and use them in workshops too... my thinking is they don't need much drawing, I draw them with the paint and they are an easy subject to demonstrate a looser approach with, you can use a variety of colours for them, they have a distinctive shape so a lot going for them imho!!

CrimsonLeaves said...

Alas, we got nothing but heat and humidity here yesterday. I long for the heat/humid weather to finally break.

Your pears always make me want to have a candied pear (I mean if we can candy apples, why not pears?). I don't care for pears but candying them would surely help! You do such a beautiful job with them, Rhonda.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Vandy :)

Mick, you are such a gentleman :)

Muchas gracias, Victor!

Judith, yes, pears seem to be the go-to at times. Perhaps my feeling they aren't quite "enough" is that they have become cliched - like painting koi in a pond?

Sherry, the heat and humidity are horrible today! I already have the air on for the students so they don't melt in my house. Candied pears - possible!!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

I love this pear series and the way that it is developing. I would keep going and going with it. It's sparks off so many ideas when you work on a theme that at first seems limited, it stretches the creativity in new and challenging ways. Keep going they look great!

RH Carpenter said...

Thank you, Lisa :) I think I will continue, just to keep the brushes wet in between lesson plans and other busy things. Who knows where simple pears can take one?

Linda Young said...

Beautiful pears Rhonda. I haven't been to your blog lately and I gotta tell ya; I like your work even more. Best wishes on the new class and keep up the juicy watercolors.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Linda :) I am enjoying the class and learning by preparing to teach them so I guess it's so far, so good :)