Fancy Pears Pair
11″x17″ Graphite on 2 ply smooth bristol.
The pear with its seed center exposed and bites sliced out is a mental image from childhood, perhaps it was the first time I saw a pear just becoming a treat! The overall flavor of a pear is curly and friendly and sensitive. It is easy to bruise a pear or dent its surface, and easier yet to eat. Unlike other fruit (except peaches), they don’t last long once you start, as they are wet and juicy and require either slicing or just starting on one side and going around to the other in one event, leaving only the core center and the stem.
This drawing was also done entirely from memory and is not any more accurate than that. I realized after doing it that I had more of a peach seed in the middle as pear seeds are small and multiple. So given that, it is probably a new fruit invented by this artist and called a Pear. Again, doing this in black graphite on white bristol seemed better than a colored version. Perhaps it is because we have all been led into seeing memories in Black and White.
Pears; In the U.S., most pears are grown on the west coast (about 95%): Oregon, Northern California, and Washington.
Musical instruments, furniture, wood carvings, are often made of pear wood; it is also used to make wooden kitchen utensils as it doesn’t impart odor or color to the food.
Pear wood is tough and will withstand many trips through dishwashing without splintering or warping.
Because pear wood doesn’t warp, it also makes great architect’s rulers.
In Europe, before tobacco was introduced, people smoked pear leaves.