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The Final Pear

Red Pear
Red Pear (detail)

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Golden Bosc Pear

Bosc Pear
Golden Bosc Pear (detail)
collage with acrylic and Neocolors II on 90lb Stonehenge paper
9 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches

I did this one a little differently, by starting with an acrylic glaze as a background. The collage bit isn’t so much collage as just using an ad straight from a catalog. I grabbed an old Ethan Allen catalog, thinking it might have something in the right color palette to use as a background, but then I saw this dining room scene with a bowl of pears, and I couldn’t resist. I did do a little bit of stamping across the bottom, to tie the two pages together, but the book is a little too tall for my scanner, so it’s mostly cut off. If I weren’t so lazy, I’d scan both pages separately and stitch them together, but I am so lazy, so that ain’t gonna happen.

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Red Pear

Red Pear
Red Pear (detail)
collage with Neocolors II and eraser stamp on 90lb Stonehenge paper
9 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches

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d’Anjou Pear and an Instant Review

D'Anjou Pear
d’Anjou Pear (detail)
collage with acrylic and eraser stamps on 90lb Stonehenge paper
9 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches

And, an instant review: The Wild

I love kids’ movies, but this one was a little bit meh. It did have one redeeming factor, though: Eddie Izzard. And, it was worth watching (or, listening to, as I was painting while it was on) solely for the line: “Do we not have the party hats of death?” I laughed so hard I nearly choked. Teh Enb.

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Blue d’Anjou Pears

Blue D'Anjou
Blue d’Anjou Pears (detail left & right)
acrylic on 90lb Stonehenge paper
9 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches

This spread was done with just acrylic on paper, with the addition of a little bit of acrylic medium in a few spots. Mostly, I worked with the paint without diluting it, because I tend to prefer a bit of texture (you can see it in the detail views).

Non sequitur alert!

What do you say when a coworker walks past your desk and helps himself to a handful of Kleenexes? Seriously! I was at a total loss for words, and that just doesn’t ever happen to me! I have an evil temptation to buy him a box of tissues and leave it on his desk, anonymously. It would be worth it, except that I have a feeling that anyone who is that oblivious to what is and what is not socially acceptable would be unlikely to get the point.

Grrr.

And with that, I believe I have fulfilled my NoMoPoblano (or whatever the hell it’s called) commitment, and without having to resort to fluffy padding, either. Alas, I didn’t quite finish NaNoWriMo, but I gave it a good try. Getting sick didn’t help, nor did having my image database crash and having to rebuild it[1]. I also didn’t manage to do a pear a day, but I’m still working on it, and I’m not worried about completing the project. That, I can do.

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1. On that front, things are going well. I have everything (I think) uploaded and sorted, and about 90% of it is cataloged. Whew! That was a long, tedious, and thankless job.

It’s also a good lesson in why it’s important to do regular back-ups. Or, back-ups at all. I r st00pit. I am religious about making multiple back-ups of my files, but not my databases. Oops!

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Little Fatty and the Bean Pole

Asian Pear and Bosc Pear
Asian Pear and Bosc Pear (detail)
collage with Neocolors II, eraser stamps, and acrylic medium on 90lb Stonehenge paper
9 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches

I didn’t mean for this to be quite so busy! That patterned vase on top of the checkerboard stamp looks like really bad Op Art. I’m blaming the cold NyQuil. I’m also not happy with the way the Asian pear turned out, though I do like the bloom on the Bosc.

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Bartlett Pear

Bartlett Pear
Bartlett Pear (detail)

I took some serious liberties with the color on this one (Bartlett pears are bright yellow), but I really like how it turned out. I did a bit of a collage-y foundation, with torn bits of pages from an old patent book, glued down with acrylic matte medium. Then, I cut out (tore, actually) a pear shape from another piece of the same paper and glued it on top. It has a slightly 3D effect that’s nice.

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Another Red Pear

Red Pear
Red Pear (detail)

I meant to do an extra one tomorrow, but I went ahead and did it this evening, instead.

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Red Pear

Red Pear
Red Pear (detail)

I did a second pear today, to make up for getting side-tracked earlier in the week. I’m still one pear behind, so I’ll probably do two tomorrow, too.

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d’Anjou Pear

D'Anjou Pear
d’Anjou Pear (detail)

This is another one done with Neocolors II over an acrylic medium ground. Only this time, I blotted the acrylic with a piece of waxed paper, to create a mottled texture. A single layer of watersoluble crayons were blended once with a very wet Q-tip, then left as-is. The only other thing I did to the sketch was to add a tiny bit of black to the shadowed area, blended with my fingers.

I also carved two new eraser stamps for this one.

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