As I’m staring at the blank wall in my kitchen, inspiration hit me… painting a pear in acrylics but not just any pear though, I wanted a large still life, something colourful, different and big.  Acrylics are great in a kitchen, easy to clean and they dry fast.  Looking at the colours in my kitchen, which isn’t much at the moment because Joe and I can’t agree on a theme, green is always nice, but can be really boring.  So how can I create this painting and not waste a ton of time in case Joe hates it?

 

Painting a pear in acrylics itself isn’t the hard part, it’s the technique, colours and style.  All because I want something different.   The process I take is creating prototypes (studies) is to work with composition, colour and the physical form.  Doing all three of these things in one painting would take a lot of time, so I’m going to break it up into four phases.

 

painting a pear in acrylics

Starting small of course is a great way.. it’s fast!  I love creating miniature art because not only can I experiment in a short period of time, I like to cheat and create the pieces 2.5″ x 3.5″ so they are sized as an artist trading card so I can give it to someone.  The first design will be no different.  I will be focusing on composition and using chipboard letters to play with words.

Tip:  an even faster way to create studies of this kind is to use an existing background.  For example, this sanded chalky finish background in Book of Backgrounds #34 would only need a transparent layer of paint to instantly add colour without loosing all the texture.

 

painting a pear in acrylics
painting a pear in acrylics

Join me for this four part series where I’ll create the following:

  • painting a pear in acrylics small format using chipboard letters, focusing on composition
  • painting pear in acrylics in an art journal to play with colours
  • prototype with dangling letters
  • then the final reveal of the finished wall art

Painting a Pear in Acrylics

Ready to Make This?

painting a pear in acrylics

Painting a Pear in Acrylics

What did you think?

Have you ever been discouraged from creating art on a larger scale because of the time and effort involved?   Do you think creating it in a smaller scale might make it more managazing for you?  Please share in the comments below.