6.000 x 4.000 inches
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Beverley Harper Tinsley
Painting - Watercolor And Graphite
A single pear with a rosy aura languishes, promising something sweet and delicious. It is waiting to adorn your kitchen or dining room wall, with its rosy simplicity. These shapely beauties are rich with gold, red, green, apricot, peach, orange and even subtle shades of violet. There is something about the juicy, and voluptuous pear that tempts painters. The rounded flesh, the lively tilt, the sturdy stem. Almost no fruit is as simply pleasing to look at, with a rounded, fleshy and voluptuous and almost sentient appeal.
According to The Myths Encyclopedia, online:
Fruit appears in myths from around the world. Often it is a symbol of abundance, associated with goddesses of fruitfulness, plenty, and the harvest. Sometimes, however, fruit represents earthly pleasures, gluttony, and temptation. Specific kinds of fruit have acquired their own symbolic meanings in the myths and legends of different cultures.
In Greek and Roman mythology, pears are sacred to three goddesses: Hera (Juno to the Romans), Aphrodite (Venus to the Romans), and Pomona, an Italian goddess of gardens and harvests.
The ancient Chinese believed that the pear was a symbol of immortality. (Pear trees live for a long time.) In Chinese the word li means both "pear" and "separation," and for this reason, tradition says that to avoid a separation, friends and lovers should not divide pears between themselves.
Read more: http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Fi-Go/Fruit-in-Mythology.html#ixzz2EaCg3TrZ
CSU offer the following tips for growing pears:
Plant pear trees in full sun and in soil that drains well on a high point so frost gathering in low pockets will not damage the tree or the fruit. If fruit trees are close to the south or west side of a building, they can also bloom too early in the spring and be damaged by frost.
Most pear varieties must have a second variety close by for cross-pollination. Pear blossoms have a short season and the small amount of nectar the trees produce is not attractive to bees, so twice as many bees are needed as with other types of fruit trees for good pollination.
Pears grow in the sublime orchard of Alcinous, in Odyssey vii: "Therein grow trees, tall and luxuriant, pears and pomegranates and apple-trees with their bright fruit, and sweet figs, and luxuriant olives. Of these the fruit perishes not nor fails in winter or in summer, but lasts throughout the year."
The pear is such a well-loved object for the still life that there is actually an entire site dedicated to pears in art, call Pear-A-Thon. This is what they have to say:
We love pears. Their variety of color, their subtle and curvaceous shape, their leaning toward or away. And those stems! Words cannot describe the pert salute of a jaunty stem atop a luscious pear. As artists, we love to eat, draw, and paint pears. And it is to this, and this alone, that we have dedicated this website - the art of the pear.
July 24th, 2013
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