Story Published: Sep 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM PST
Professional Artist Elida Field showed Helen how to create a beautiful autumn still life.
September is the beginning of harvest. Fresh fruits and vegetables are abound
and the cool air of Fall is starting to roll in. Kick off this Autumn season by
creating a bold and colorful still life of one of my favorite fruits, “the pear!”
~black or grey paper
~low odor finishing spray/sealer
How to create the “Oil Pastel Pear”
1. Buy some pears from a local Farmer’s Market or grocery store. You can also just go
online to find some interesting pears for inspiration. Place your pears or pear on the
table to make a still life. If you want a combination of pears together, set them up in 3,
5, or 7 (always best to put them in odd numbers). Be creative and lay some on their
side, facing backwards etc.
2. Using your light brown or yellow oil pastel, loosely draw out your scene, starting from
the closest pear and working your way back. Drawing a basic pear is easy... To get the
shape, make a smaller cirlce the size of a golf ball about 4-5inches below the top of the
paper. About 1.5 to 2 inches below that circle, draw another circle...this time the size
of a tennis ball. Then draw two curved lines, that curve in and connect both circles
together. At the top, you can draw a curved line for the stem and also by using a
combination of curved lines, you can add a few leaves..
3. Then begin to fill in the pear with color by drawing lines in the motion of the pear and
overlapping with a combination of different colors. To create interesting pieces, start
with a darker blue at the base and then layer other cool colors over this blending the
two colors together as you work up or you can do the same with brown, red, orange
etc. Keep in mind that it’s the overlappin of color that makes the colors so brilliant.
4. Add some dimension with purple or black, but be very careful not to blend this color
into the rest of your colors or you’ll get a mess. Black should be used at the very end
and just to add some crispness and clarity to your piece. Also, you can add color or
shading to the outside of the pear and around the pear to finish the piece.
Change it up:
Create another still life with apples, carrots, or other fruits and vegetables. Make some
fun, funky shapes and try your hand at blending a variety of colors for each piece. This
is a relaxing project....so put some hot cider on the stove, play some soft music, and blend