Copyright 2007 Sheila Cantrell
We were gone all weekend, visiting relatives, so I'm just now posting last Friday's painting. I bought these red pears last Thursday at the grocery store. Their vivid redness literally screamed at me when I walked into the produce aisle. Unlike most people who sniff and squeeze fruit before making a selection, I hold individual pieces of fruit up, squinting at them and slowly rotating them, looking for just the right profile. So I purposely selected the little squatty pear that's standing up in this still life. It had a unique roundness to it, with a perky little tip instead of the normal rounded top that most pears have. Anyway, I was quite pleased with the whole effect and how well this painting turned out. It was with suppressed pride that I displayed it for my husband that night. "What do you think?" I asked. After a long silence, he slowly replied, "Well... it's painted alright...but that one pear is just so ugly, it's really distracting."