Pears seem to last longer than some of the fruit I buy. They develop scars after a while which seems to give them more character.
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I painted this on a ground made up of paint left on my palette. Once I worked on a pink ground that I took to a John Preston workshop. He made the comment that he had never seen someone work on that color. With his help I produced a very nice painting. I don't know if he decided to try it of not as his technique works very well without any tinkering.
I next roughed in the pears before I did the background. It is easier to adjust the background to fit the main interest than the other way around.