"In the Pear Orchard"
14 x 18 inches, oil on canvas
After a morning of painting landscape, this still life painter was ready to get back to more familiar territory. So, I found some fruit to paint - plein air! it even had a tree attached.
I continued using my palette from the morning, now with some lovely leftover greys all mixed up.
I parked my easel in back of a U-pick farmstand, in a shaded spot between three pear trees. No plein air umbrella needed - perfect!
I began with those patches of bright sunlight hitting the pears - the very first stroke on the canvas (after my underpainting) was the bright spot on the central pear. Everything else got keyed below that, to really make it pop!
Fresh off the easel. This one was really fun!