34 "Pear and Quail Eggs" 8x8 oil on board, copyright Laura Gable
These eggs were a gift from a friend, which she got in a gift shop. They had been hollowed out with a small drill bit and have managed to retain their beautiful shape and patina. The pear is actually a studio prop -- the best kind made of plastic which doesn't rot when the artist takes way to long to finish the project. The cloth was sort of an ecru color, and was interesting to see the cooler areas as it turned away from the light. Painting from life does afford a more complete view of things. I'm hoping to get over to the local figure drawing sessions with my paints so I can do the same sort of thing with faces and bodies. They are more telling than fruit as to whether the artist can convey what she truly sees there without it's distortions that come from our perceptions.