Pear Shaped!

Pear Shaped 1 - NB

I spent some time a couple days ago doing some simple still life watercolours of some pears. Not too much detail, just simple shapes and shading. The painting above and below were painted on Saunders Waterford High White paper, which was 100% cotton and 140 lb cold pressed…

Pear Shaped 2 - NB
A Pair Of Pears

These watercolours were quite appropriate really as life has gone a little “pear shaped” for me at the moment. I have a painful and debilitating arm injury at the moment which has required numerous trips to the hospital and still more trips to come. It’s my right arm and of course I am right handed… ! So whilst I have managed to paint, it has been a challenge and I can’t spend as long painting as I would like to. My arm is improving but progress is a bit slower than I initially thought it would be…

Pear Shaped 3 - NB
Practice sketch for “A Pair Of Pears”

Above is a practice sketch for “A Pair Of Pears” above. It was done on a small scrap of paper (acrylic paper actually…) just so I could practice getting the shapes, composition and colours right…

Very simple watercolour work – within my current limitations and very much fun to do!

27 thoughts on “Pear Shaped!

  1. They look good enough to eat. I hope your arm heals quickly. It’s so frustrating to have all these ideas and not be able to do them because of an injury.

    1. Thank you Sandy! Yes, it is frustrating not to be able to do as much painting as I would like but I do realize that my arm will heal quicker if I am sensible and give it the appropriate amount of rest it needs. It’s hard… !

  2. Hi Evelyn, SOOO sorry to hear about your right arm! Whatever have you done? I hope that feels better very soon. The pears are just lovely. You have really captured the “essence of pear”. Lovely job on the wee stems too! Well done you 🙂
    My Hellebore is FINISHED at last. It is posted on Facebook, Flickr and my Blog if you want to check it out! Now, I am back to my Ornamental Kale that I had started before the hellebore.
    Take care, feel better and Happy Painting!

    1. Thank you Carolynn – painting the pears was just enough for me at the moment! My arm and shoulder is improving slowly. I shall check out your hellebore soon – I’m sure it looks lovely…

  3. Your paintings are always so lovely Evelyn! I admire your talent, your feeling for soft colors, and the papers you mention. I hope your arm mends quickly…it’s a challenge to be unable to perform our art they way we enjoy.

  4. Beautiful work, Evelyn! 💗
    Saunders watercolor paper is my favorite.
    I’m so sorry to hear that you injured your arm. I hope you heal quickly and feel better soon. ❤️

    1. Thank you Patty Anne – I like Saunders Waterford paper too, especially the High White – it’s the whitest watercolour paper I’ve come across so far. The arm is improving… !

  5. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve hurt your arm, Evelyn, and I do hope it recovers quickly. Having been badly affected by shoulder pain in the past (no longer, since getting such brilliant advice on the exercises I need to do from the physio), I know how frustrating it is not to be able to do things, especially for a creative person. It was so bad at one point that I could not move my arm and my hubby had to help me with loads of stuff (never again will I let him give me a pony tail – what a mess hahaha!!!) Leg problems I can cope with – have been doing so for over 10 years – they don’t stop one being creative. Your pears are simply scrumptious – so simple but so beautifully rendered that they look completely life-like. Your watercolour work is going from strength to strength!

    Thank you for your visit. After a busy day today when I had no time to get in the studio, I am hoping to make a start on colouring the flower pieces tomorrow. They should be fairly quick to make up once I get going, and it will be nice to have them ready by the time the stuff arrives from Ebay.

    Take care of yourself and get better soon!
    Shoshi x

    1. Thank you Shoshi – glad you like my pears! My arm is on the mend, I can feel it getting stronger… Looking forward to seeing your progress with your art projects…

      1. So glad to hear your arm is getting better – so debilitating not being able to do things! Thank you for your visit and I’m really glad you like my roses. I am in the process of making some more to co-ordinate, and will blog about them soon, once I’ve done a bit more.


  6. so sorry to hear about your arm! and still you create such magnificent beauty! you are truly truly amazingly gifted Evelyn! Healing hugs!

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