Paintings of Backlit Pears, Fairies and Mermaids

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6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard
20 by 22 inches, acrylic on illustration board
11 by 14 inches, acrylic on cardboard
14 by 14 inches, marker on paper
12 by 9 inches, acrylic on canvas panel

Whew! It’s the last day of Meredith’s spring break. Good times.

I painted these backlit pears yesterday. In college one of my painting instructors advised us not to use small canvases, because it can be hard to paint big if you get too comfortable painting small. I fear that’s happening to me, and I’d like to start using larger panels.

Meredith has no such fears. As a spring break project, she wanted to paint something big. She sketched out a fairy and mermaid in a dramatic, stormy scene. I painted some of the background and helped with the faces. Holly painted her own mermaid scene, and drew a sweet portrait of me and her together. Yesterday Meredith painted this landscape in the style of Chinese prints. She had done a similar project in school.


4 thoughts on “Paintings of Backlit Pears, Fairies and Mermaids

    Michael Chamberlain said:
    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Wow.. beautiful job! Love that you painted with natural light. Very nice. Saw your candle painting on the DPW challenge, also excellent!

      debrha responded:
      April 5, 2011 at 7:46 am

      Thanks! Your comments encourage me.

      debrha responded:
      April 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you!

    […] First – tomorrow night the Glenview Art League is hosting a reception for “The Gift of Art”, a group show of member artists at the Midwest Medical Center in Glenview, Illinois. I’m happy to have two paintings in the show: Woody Nightshade and Common Boneset. Two other paintings were excepted into the third Randy Higbee 6 Inch Squared Exhibition and Sale in Costa Mesa, California: Watermelon Unwrapped and Backlit Pears. […]

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