Apples get a lot of love this time of year... but Elida Field thinks pears need some attention too! The professional artist stopped by to give Helen a fruity art lesson.
Kick off this Autumn season by creating a bold and colorful still life using pears!
~heavy drawing paper
~Faber Casetelle Gelato Pastels (preferably bright colors for this project)
~optional: low odor finishing spray/sealer
How to create the “Gelato Pastel Pear”
1.Buy some pears from a local Farmer’s Market or grocery store for inspiration. You can also just go online to find some interesting pears. Place your pears or pear on the table to make a still life. If you want a combination, set them up in 3, 5, or 7 (always best to put them in odd numbers). Be creative and lay some on their side, facing backwards etc.
2.Depending on if you want warm or cool colored pears will dictate which colors to use. For this project, I’m going to make cool colored pears. Using your light green or yellow, loosely draw out your scene, starting from the closest pear and working your way back.
3.Drawing a basic pear is easy... To get the shape, make a smaller circle the size of a golf ball about 4-5inches below the top of the paper. About 1.5 to 2 inches below that circle, draw another circle...this time the size of a tennis ball. Then draw two curved lines, that curve in and connect both circles together. At the top, you can draw a curved line for the stem and also by using a combination of curved lines, you can add a few leaves..
4.Then begin to fill in the pear with color by drawing curved lines in the motion of the pear and overlapping with a combination of different colors. To create interesting pieces, start with a darker blue at the base and then layer other cool colors over this blending the two colors together as you work up or you can do the same with brown, red, orange etc. Keep in mind that it’s the overlapping of colors that makes the painting so brilliant.
5.Add some dimension with purple or black, but be very careful not to blend this color into the rest of your colors or you’ll get a mess. Black should be used at the very end and just to add some crispness and clarity to your piece. Also, you can add color or shading to the outside of the pear and around the pear to finish the piece. I’ll be using a hot pink or red to contrast with my cooler toned blue/green pears.
6.Use water and a big brush to blend the colors together. For instance, on the outside of the pear, you may want to blur the colors out to the edges and you can do that easily with some water and big brush strokes.
Create another still life with apples, carrots, or other fruits and vegetables. Make some fun, funky shapes and try your hand at blending a variety of colors for each piece. This is a relaxing project....so put some hot cider on the stove, play some soft music, and blend away!
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