Thursday, 22 October 2009

creatively peared :: paired

Lately I've been doing a little drawing, more than usual (I go through long phases of not liking my drawing style, so don't do any). This one has been happening alternately with these pears.

A few weeks ago, while out at Mt Cootha, we discovered there was a library there - a regular one, that we had library cards for! But, not so regular, in that it specialises in botanical and astronomical (there's an observatory out there, too) books. WOW. I so love those old botanical drawings and paintings. So, we borrowed up a very small selection. The first one to inspire me is "Fruit :: An illustrated history". Ours has a passionfruit on the cover.

So, pears and figs and also some strawberries. All sort of voluptuous looking - don't you love fruit that looks like a woman's bottom? With sketchy lines and shapes, all free flowing and movement. And just let the pencil do it's thing without thinking too much.

And, then I visit Gina today and find she's been pear-inspired too, in a different way. Isn't that fabulous - we're peared :: paired. Perhaps something will come out of it, a pairing of pears. Or something. Don't we just love the word play anyway!

My creative space was filled with my family, too. Sam with his music, having a much needed thinking and resting time. Ari with his strawberries. Mishi with her fairies or princesses.

*green sketch sewn pears are from Gina. The colourful fruit + images are from the Fruit book. All other images from me.

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  1. i like your drawing style. quite a coincidence with the pears, funny how this happens.
    2 things i noticed this visit: the link to the tweed river gallery in your side bar {my dad lives around the corner} and we both have sons named ari!
    cute strawberries :)

  2. Your drawings are lovely, there is definitely some pear love going on around here!

  3. There's truly nothing better than fruit that looks like a womens's very sensual stuff!

    I've been playing around with some timber pear brooches lately with my new scroll saw....there's definately some pear love in the air!


  4. It must be spring - fruit is the new thing - lovely drawings and great inspiration!

  5. LOVE the design!

  6. I love pears too. Eating them, buying fabric with them on. Love your pears!

  7. I really love your drawing style Ellie. I hope you don't feel insulted by my description but it has that naive, not-too-literal quality that I love... it's strong and a bit primative yet so very accurate too! I'm sure there is a style that would describe it better! But I'm thinking Gaugin, or in the fabric design world Lotta Jansdotta! (OK I'll stop now. I hope you know it's supposed to be a huge compliment... )

  8. i tried to leave a comment - i really like your pears and i can picture them screen -printed on a cushion, or a notebook cover - or in a cluster at the hem of a skirt!

    very nice!


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