Thursday, May 04, 2006

o pear

Here's something I've almost finished. This is a maybe-commission, meaning that if she doesn't like it it's not a commission but just two more paintings! This is the first time I've tried 'art to order' ~ i.e. looking at someone's space and then choosing the right size, colours and style, and considering their preference for subject matter. Oh my God -- am I a decorator now?!?

Pears is a subject I've avoided simply because everyone and his dog has done pears. Some do pears exclusively. But I can sure see the attraction in the subject matter. They are such quirky individuals, so voluptuous, fecund-looking even. I think I have to do more now!

It's too sunny outside today to get decent photos, and I need to do some final touch-up, but I'm overdue for a post so here they are. Click for sharper image. They are 12" x 12" x 1.5" -- painted on sides like my small art. (Phew -- managed to get my plug in at the end!)

They're not a diptych exactly but are meant to be hung together.


Blogger susan said...

very cool andrea!
i think pears are lovely and i do them occasionally as their shape is SO familiar (to me) lol.I truly love the colors that you have used!

4/5/06 2:22 p.m.  
Blogger vfm4 said...

i love these two, a great pear... :)

4/5/06 2:38 p.m.  
Blogger carla said...

Oh my...these are (dare I say it) delicious! They do look wonderful together.

4/5/06 6:26 p.m.  
Blogger Brian Lavery said...

Andrea you have a great blog. Very interesting and entertaining. Even your commenters are amusing.

4/5/06 8:57 p.m.  
Blogger Belinda said...

You are just the coolest artist ever. I love that you don't limit yourself to what is traditionally, or commonly, done, but look for ways to fill a need and therefore market yourself. That's how you'd approach any other "product," after all, and if it's to make your living, then the more outside the box you can think the better. Don't inventors say, "Find a need, then create something that fills that need."

4/5/06 9:36 p.m.  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

those are just lovely; I love the depth of your art; literally and figuratively

4/5/06 9:59 p.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Yes, pears are great (I especially like your 'pair' of them in the first piece). They are all my students would draw today in class. I had a basket filled with every fruit and veggie imaginable, and pears won, hands down...

Oh, btw - I found Green & Black chocolate at Fred Meyers here last week (do you guys have those up there?) The Maya Gold flavor (spiced orange) is also amazing!


5/5/06 12:17 a.m.  
Blogger kyknoord said...

Andrea, they are beautiful and make such a fetching couple, too.

5/5/06 12:23 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

Gosh these two are gorgeous... and I like the link to the earth mother... I hadn't thought of them like that before despite knowing that many women are said to be pear-shaped... somehow that most obvious of connections hadn't been made properly for me... until now...

Hmm... I wonder if I should try painting some pears... get in touch with my own earth mother...

I was thinking of doing a little Cezanne like painting maybe instead of the apples I'll try the pears...

5/5/06 3:38 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the warmth these pieces hold ! Actually a good decorator would tell you to buy what you love with art, not to match it "with the sofa" ! { I studied interior decorating in my 20's } Of course, if they just happen to match the sofa then that's always great too ! :) Keep up the amazing work !

5/5/06 4:17 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.s/ Did you change the font in your links section ? I'm pretty sure you did so, we'll go with that ! :)lol

5/5/06 4:22 a.m.  
Blogger Toni said...

I love pears even though everyone does them.
And yours are no exception. they are delicious. And you would do them in my new colors for my diningroom and kitchen. argh! hmmm wish i didn't have to save for weddings just now.

5/5/06 4:22 a.m.  
Blogger Nan said...

These are luscious :-) I especially like the rich, earthy colors.

5/5/06 5:47 a.m.  
Anonymous ULLA said...

The colors, the design, the energy - wonderful!

5/5/06 7:43 a.m.  
Blogger frank h said...

very very nice - they can give happiness to a whole house

5/5/06 8:43 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Susan: I think it's a natural for women to want to do pears, don't you? :)

Victorie and Carla: And you are a delightful pair of commenters.

Brian: I allow only the best! As you can see, the first three were only the tip of the iceberg.

Belinda: Two thoughts and I can't credit either because I don't know who said them:
1. Necessity is the mother of invention
2. I play better tennis because there's a court. (i.e. so much for creative freedom: give me perameters)

Ascender: I'm thrilled to hear you say that as that is my goal and is even in my artist statement (such that it is).

Tara: I could kick myself! I was in WA last weekend and forgot to look for it (and no Fred Meyer here). It's all the more serious as my local providers seem to be completely out of Lindt 70% which is my standard issue.

Kyknoord: Soul mates indeed.

Caroline: Do pears! It's amazing how many variations there are on such a simple shape. Apples are far more limited aesthetically.

Sheri: In that case, good decorators are hard to find! I always swore I'd never paint something to match the sofa, but I've lightened up in my old age. I actually like the tennis court now and then! (see comment above to Belinda) I did change the font in my sidebar -- in January! :)

Toni: And before you know it there will be grandkids to spoil rotten! OK, I'll slow down so you can enjoy your breather between launching your boys and becoming a grandmother.

Nan, Ulla and Frank: Don't stop now!... :)

5/5/06 9:37 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

I've done my first FAT pear... ;-)

5/5/06 12:23 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I love these! This is a little different than your other ones I've seen. I like how you put a little "window" in each piece as well. Beautiful, amazing colors. Nice work Ms. Pratt!

5/5/06 12:27 p.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Andrea, for your next outting you'll have to let me know if you make it down as far south as the East side of Seattle (and have a little time). I'll take you on a chocolate tour! :-)


5/5/06 1:19 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Caroline: I did a fat pear, too! (one more kick at the can...) Must go and check yours out now...

Andrea: It's a new idea this 'window' thing -- I wish I could remember where I saw the idea first.

Tara: Thanks for the invite -- I'll be there with bells on!

5/5/06 2:50 p.m.  
Blogger sugar mama said...

This is your addition to the pear 'canon'! Curves make pears a sexy fruit, if there is such thing :) I love how the two pieces have a overhead and underfoot yin-yang thing going with the inset images of the tree and the fruit. The colours are so rich, are they underpainted in red and/or blue? Very original spin on the humble pear!

5/5/06 3:00 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Baa: Yes, I always underpaint to give an extra added dimension. Whether or not it works remains to be seen...

5/5/06 4:44 p.m.  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

wow wow wow!!!

6/5/06 1:48 a.m.  
Blogger Calvin said...

That's very cool to be commisioned like that, and also very cool is that they trust you enough to come up with something that will fit there living space.Dont forget about us small fries. :) Andrea on the cover of Dwell Magazine. :)

6/5/06 9:59 a.m.  
Blogger albina said...

I am really spacing out – I have looked at your lovely pears and didn’t say anything? Somebody walked off with my brain, or performed midnight lobotomy and forgot to tell me… Where was I? Love the little window concept. Love the fecund link. Admire your bravery in the face of subject matter – I am going to go and do one as well, just to join every blogger, their dog and Andrea. But seriously, they are lovely. I love the one with pair of pears, but I am iffy about white brushstrokes in the lower left corner – love where they are yellow, golden almost, though… if you hate this comment, you are welcome to defenestrate it…

8/5/06 2:12 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

could I ever object to someone who uses the word defenestrate? (It's always a challenge to find a context.)

8/5/06 3:27 p.m.  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Your pear paintings are very beautiful!! Great series! You make a simple subject like pear into profound piece of arts!

9/5/06 12:22 p.m.  

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