Green with envy

Last week Australian sketcher Jane Blundell was in town giving a workshop, but at the last minute I had to give up my spot as a participant because of work commitments. At the end of the session I stopped by to have a look, and I have to admit I was a little envious of the beautiful paintings of pears that people had done. I love painting pears, so I did some of my own today. No matter which way they stand or fall, pear shapes are always interesting to draw. And it’s a great exercise to paint green pears on a green striped cloth without using any green pigment. I painted this using Cerulean Blue and Hansa Yellow Medium, with a little Organic Vermilion washed in for the reddish blush on the pears.


44 Comments on “Green with envy”

  1. karim waked says:

    Delicious miamiam!


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  2. Mary says:

    Absolutely LOVE your pears plus the fact that you used no green paint. My new favorite pear painting. Your fabric is terrific.


  3. Dee Ludwig says:

    Good enough to eat!


  4. angmacleod says:

    So fresh! A talented approach I am sure Jane would approve!


  5. Elaine Archambault says:

    Wonderful, thanks for sharing the colors, an inspiring challenge.


  6. Pam Aylmer says:

    Hi Shari, thanks for providing all these triads and color mixes in your recent posts. They are helpful and produce lovely effects.


  7. Linda Murray says:

    Oh, so very pretty, Shari! Love that striped fabric and those pears look so real. Green is my favorite color, so this painting is really speaking to me! ☺️ What did you use to outline the pears? Is that pencil or a micron pen?


  8. rosjenke says:

    Double like 👍👍 delicious greens.


  9. Wonderful painting. I feel a quince painting coming on soon! Just as fascinating as pears but with added knobbliness!


  10. M. L. Kappa says:

    Very pear-ish and juicy! And interesting color combination 🌺


  11. Lisa daniels says:

    You continue to teach me color interactions. I am so happy when I receive your posts!


  12. Chris says:

    Nicely done – so subtle, yet it is all ‘there’.


  13. andycjackson says:

    Amazingly beautiful !


  14. Wonderful what you were able to achieve without using green! Love it!!!


  15. linder322 says:

    I thought I had seen enough of watercolor pear paintings to last a lifetime…..however, you give new meaning to this subject! Gorgeous colors and I love the composition.
    Just yummy!


  16. Joan says:

    I never tire of seeing watercolor paintings/sketches of pears. Other fruits don’t have the same appeal, wonder why? But pears! Lovely. Well done.


  17. Bernie Russ says:


    I’ll never look at pears the same! Your rendition is exquisite! I always loved to eat pears and now there are pears as sweet candy for my eyes.
    I so appreciate your posts and sharing of your talents. Thank you, Bernadette


  18. Ivana says:

    I too, enjoy your posts so much, especially with some information about colour mixing. Makes me realise my own mixing is so random and pot luck. No wonder I’m seldom happy with results.


    • Just keep experimenting with colour Ivana. And occasionally make yourself notes to remember what mixes you like. That has helped me a lot. And try limited palettes too because that is how you really learn about each pigment.


  19. Love it!!! wonderful watercolor!


  20. The pears and cloth are just amazingly beautiful. So simply stated, yet I could look at them forever. What are my chances of buying the painting?


  21. Birte says:

    I love “your pears” so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.


  22. Lee says:

    Shari, as a new painter I’m wondering if each pear was painted at once, dropping in color or did you apply more than one wash with drying in between.


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