6"x6" acrylic on masonite
I have been spending more time than usual on these little paintings, but I don't feel that I am wasting my time. What I have been concentrating on doing is observing the color more closely and thinking about the placement and value of my brushstrokes. My goal isn't to paint a pretty picture, its to learn from the exercise and developing my skills as a painter.
One thing I learned from this painting is that its ok to leave out some of the details. I found myself painting in every subtle highlight and dimple of the red pear. The more detail I put in, the more I hated it. So, I decided to paint over the red pear and approach it a bit simpler. I squinted at the pear to simplify it and break it down into blocks of color. It didn't take much to get it to look right. Just concentrated on where I put the color. This time I limited the details and only added the highlights that stood out the most.
In the end I am happy with the results.