Archive for May, 2014

A Simple Painting to inspire your day… A Pear in Orange

May 10, 2014
"A Simple Pear, in Orange," Karen Gillis Taylor, 8 x 10", acrylic, c. 2007

“A Simple Pear, in Orange,” Karen Gillis Taylor, 8 x 10″, acrylic, c. 2007, click to enlarge


Feeling a little blue? Stuck in your creative routine? Why not pick a humble subject, like a pear, and let that little thing inspire you to make something, or read something about it, draw it in your next *real* letter to a friend, or just go buy one or two pears from your market, in different varieties and do a taste test to see what you like best. Make a journal entry about this lowly pear that caused you to stop everything and be challenged to be aware. See this simple thing and find out for yourself why it might actually be special. Maybe it will tell you to slow your life down and have some fun, or dig a little deeper into a creative self that could make something out of nothing. Well, a pear is not nothing, it could be a real something that might set off a spark in your creative day.

Here is what Poet Robert Frost said, with a little nod to the Pear:

The Rose Family

The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose.
But the theory now goes
That the apple’s a rose,
And the pear is, and so’s
The plum, I suppose.
The dear only knows
What will next prove a rose.
You, of course, are a rose—
But were always a rose.
-Robert Frost
Apple and Pear, Organic Connecting Magazine

Apple and Pear, Organic Connecting Magazine

Frost is writing about “things”, but he is really telling someone in his life: you are special, and beautiful.

A little research from Mr. Frost’s suggestion that the Pear is related to the Rose, Apple and Pear brought up this discovery: it’s true! It looks like apples, roses and pears are cousins in the botanical world, and this photo from the Organic Connecting Magazine website seems to show there is even a love connection. Isn’t it funny how we humans are always seeing “relationship” things in our world? Funny in the way that a pear might like being close to his apple friend, I mean.

Simple Pear in Orange, detail

Simple Pear in Orange, detail, click to enlarge

If you are a painter, or photographer, you will see that this “Simple Pear” painting is largely a monochromatic piece, or at best, uses the analogous color set of warm hues. Honing your visual ideas down to a simple color set gives a sense of peace and harmony to the work.

"Beth's Mexico", detail, acrylic

“Beth’s Mexico”, detail, acrylic

Wanting a little more color inspiration? It’s my natural bent to use the entire color spectrum nature provides, so here is a little portion of a painting I just finished about Mexico. The warm oranges, yellows and pinks are complemented by the blues, greens and hints of violet. If you go back and look at the first “Simple Pear” painting, you will find little brush strokes of blue, green and violet there as well. Quietly in the background, but essential in that those added hues as small accents are necessary in the whole piece, which would be drab or boring without them.

Do keep following my Hue Bliss blog to see where I am going with the “Beth’s Mexico” painting. Art is personal, and about friends. When a friend decides to live in “Old” Mexico for a season, I am so excited for her new adventures, with plenty of artistic inspirations there.

My love relationship with New Mexico keeps calling me back. I can’t wait to make my new plans to visit and fill up my inspiration well once again.

thanks for reading,



Email me your Pear works of art as a jpeg, to

I would love to see what you might be inspired to create about this little Pear subject!






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