3163: The Pear Tree, Session 1

After some serious deliberation on my second morning walk I’ve come to a conclusion.

“Completely independent of the good or bad opinion of others.”

I can’t remember which book I heard this from but its one of the phrases I repeat to myself every morning. Over the last few months I’ve moved away from the wisdom of independence. But today I’m bringing it back.

Here is what I want to do.

  • Paint figurative work.
  • In oil paint.
  • Have enough skin showing in the figure to work infusing life into the paint.

Regardless of if people like it, hate it, want to buy it, or even if I hate it and end up throwing the painting in the trash this is the basis for my art.

The next huge realization I had was that the photos I’ve been working from are almost always seen as studies. And they are! The vast majority of the greatest works in history were not painted from academic models. Those were the studies that great artists used to paint things like this.

So, I’m making a change. I’m going to try as best as I can to only paint from photos I take of subjects in real life. If I have to paint a whole bunch of sell portraits than so be it. Speaking of self portraits…

The Pear Tree

I don’t have any models and the Covid pandemic is preventing me from going out and taking photos of others. So I walked out into the back yard and took some photos of myself. The next few paintings will be of me and Pattie unless another subject presents itself. Or if I can figure out a way to get some high resolution photos taken of friends over Zoom or something.

Only after I took these photos did I read this.

“Since ancient times, even before the written word, the Wild Pear tree has been honoured as a sacred tree which symbolises prosperity, good health and future happiness. In many cultures spanning thousands of years, we can find references to the fruit of the Pear tree as a symbol of divine sustenance, abundance and longevity.”


I can’t wait to start painting it!!!

Time was short today so I could only get a 10 minute sketch done on canvas but I spent several hours taking the photos and editing them.

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