I started to name this The Anomaly and the Outlier, but it sounded a bit impersonal. Kind of math-ish. I'm not math-ish. I do, for some reason, love statistics. I still might name it The Anomaly and the Outlier, but for now, it's A Bunch of Apples and a Couple Pears. Maybe, I'll use both titles. And, yes, there is another pear in there.
I'm pretty happy with this piece. I used a different angle than I've used in my past still lifes and I tried to incorporate some of the impressionistic concepts I picked up from Jonathan Stephenson's book, Paint with the Impressionists, which I received a couple of days ago. The title sounds a little funny, but it's actually very informative. In fact, it was the Cezanne's Apples exercise that inspired this piece. Although, it's fairly clear, I didn't get very Cezanne-y in it.
In the background I copied a painting I did about 10 or 11 years ago. I've never been fond of that painting, but I was able to put it to use here to contrast the darkness with the light I love. It's a then and now sort of thing. Sort of. I also like, that it's not immediately noticeable that it is a painting in the background.
The glass bowl holding the apples belonged to my grandmother, Blondie. She kept beaded, fake fruit in it. Or, maybe it was just glittery, sugary, fake fruit. It was probably both. I remember feeling the fruit beads on my lips. I didn't try to eat it, but I played with it. Pressed it against my closed mouth while I sat and listened to the grown-ups talk. I was a kid. I liked the texture.
I'm going to let this dry a bit and get a better picture of it in the next day, or two, (too much glare in this one), then you'll be able to find it in the Available Work section of my website.