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14 June 2012

Yellow Pear Wrapped in Green Tissue Paper (+ a painting I love)


5 x 6 in., oil on linen on panel
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The Co-op where I shop sells pears still wrapped in tissue paper. Usually the tissue paper is white, but recently -- to my great pleasure -- they had green.

I've only painted wrapped fruit a couple of times before, but I have always admired William J. McCloskey's wrapped fruit paintings from the late 1800s. My current favorite is this one - Oranges Wrapped in Tissue Paper from 1890. It is mesmerizing. I haven't seen it in person, but I found someone's snapshot on Flickr of it hanging in the de Young Museum. It's not the subject of the snapshot, but it still looks gorgeous, so take a look if you're interested.

I wanted to THANK YOU for your wonderful responses to my Cuba post and to my new video collaboration with my cousin, Colin. I am working my way through all of your fantastic emails, and I will write you ALL back as soon as I can.

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Here's what this painting would look like framed: