I've been doing a lot of abstract painting lately, extremely abstract. No brush, no paint, no canvas, I just think about it. Stephen Wright

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Three Pear Still Life

Three Pear Still Life by Michael Mitchener
Three Pear Still Life, a photo by Michael Mitchener on Flickr.

I had a few objectives in mind with this month's painting:
  • Paint a still life
  • Use a painting knife - no brushes
  • Use lots of paint
With "still life" on my shopping list, I headed out to Highland Farms one weekend and ended up with three pears. I arranged the pears in a bowl in the front hall and viola... a still life. With a photograph for reference, I returned the pears to the fridge and prepared a Masonite board for painting. After that it was a matter of drawing the image on the board and sitting down one Victoria Day weekend day to paint. The knife approach is trickier than I expected but as always, I learned something that I can hopefully use in future paintings.

By the way, the pears were delicious. See you next month.


  1. Mike, you are a very talented artists - both as a photographer and a painter.

    So very nicely done!