This pear still life has a wooden crate in it. I found this crate on the side of the road and wanted to include it in a painting. My current focus on painting is to improve in my ability to depict materials and textures. The wood crate was a wonderful opportunity to paint wood grain and the signs of aging where the metal nails have started to rust and discolor the wood boards. Pears are also fun to paint; their color and form are interesting to me. And I have a very positive association with them.
I hope you enjoy the painting.