As I didn't have much time for painting during the holiday season I really had to get a move on to complete three paintings for the Malaspina Arts Society group show . The painting entitled, Pears Reclining initially was to be a study in dark and light but in the end the light moved in and won out. I was beginning to think that I could not paint a painting without Vancouver Island in the background so I went on to paint, Fruit of the Louvre and proved myself wrong! It was challenging to paint the miniature Bracques and a Picasso in the background though I admit painting Pears Reclining again but in miniature was not. The green pears themselves took much longer to paint than the background and put me in mind of a Cezanne quote," Fruits... like having their portraits painted.They seem to sit there and ask your forgiveness for fading.Their thought is given off with their perfumes. They come with all their scents.They speak of the fields they have left, the rain that nourishes them, the days they have seen." We will be hanging our paintings tomorrow for a 2 month show, such good fun! Next post I will talk about my anti HST painting," A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves"