Pear Blossom – finding solutions when painting outdoors
Pear Blossom watercolour sketch. The Pear Blossom in the garden, is an abundance of white blossom, this time of year. We have a few remaining fruit trees in the garden, which seem to have been part of a small orchard. I have no idea how old the pear trees are, but they are quite knobbly now, but still produce some lovely fruit.
It is easy to become lost when deciding which Pear Blossom to paint. The blossom tends to grow in groups along the branches of the Pear Trees. In the end I painted a group of Pear Blossom on the end of a branch.
When looking at the blossom overall, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but I took some time to just study the different branches. I also used some step ladders, as quite a few of the branches of the Pear Trees are high. I assessed the blossom from different angles. Finally I chose a group of Pear Blossom that had fully open flowers, healthy looking petals and leaves and a good ratio of leaves to flower heads.
Pear Blossom painting on step ladders
So I did a quick pencil sketch (yes, while on step ladders, if you’re wondering) then I mixed the palette colours I would need. I concentrated on painting the leaves and the branch first, with lighter washes of watercolour. Then I painted the yellow filament part of the stamen, a loose watercolour wash. Then I painted the leaves and branch a stronger mix of watercolour.
Finally I painted the anther, of the stamen, a pink and red watercolour mix and I used a blue and grey watercolour mix to add shading to the Pear Blossom white petals.
I could only hold one palette at a time as I painted. Up and down the ladders, swapping the palettes and cleaning my brush. The reason for using the ladders, was all about observation. It would be easier to paint from a photograph, but it just isn’t the same. It is only by observing a subject, especially in its natural environment, that you have a better understanding of the subject.