Learn how to paint a pear in acrylic paint. Easy step by step painting tutorial to paint pears one stroke at a time.
This is another fruit painting lesson. I have one Pear Painting lesson on this site but it is more basic.
So in painting my box full of fruit I took painting the pear up a notch and am sharing that with you.
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Draw a Pear
Draw a basic pear shape. Or you can grab the pear pattern in the Resource Library.
Since the basic color of this pear is yellow I am undercoating with white.
Let that dry.
(in the video at the very end I show you how I paint the leaves first)
While you wait for the undercoat to dry you can check out a full lesson on different leaves over at, How to Paint Leaves. It will open in a new tab so you won’t lose your place here.
I am going to focus on the front pear in this lesson but the full length video has the tutorial for both pears in it.
Plaid Folk Art Multi Surface Paints
Medium grey (for shadowing shown in video)
Donna Dewberry Flat Brushes
Base paint the pear
I base coat the pear with Daffodil yellow.
Paint Pear highlights
Tap in some white on the belly of the pear. Since the yellow is still wet it will blend in some.
Dab it in softly and then leave it. Don’t overwork it!
Let that dry.
Paint pear shadows
Load the #12 flat brush with glazing medium or a touch of water and side load with a darker yellow.
You can use the Moon Yellow, Goldenrod or Yellow Ochre. I start with the Moon yellow and work my way to some Yellow Ocher.
Stroke the paint loaded side of the brush around the outer edge of the pear.
Using shadows to create shape
Where the pear curves in (just above where my brush is in the photo below) bring the shadow inward.
You create a C with the shadow color and that tricks the eye into thinking the pear has curves.
With the shadow yellow color, create a small smile which is where the stem will start from.
Still using the #12 flat brush use some glazing medium then side load with Apple Red. Work that into your brush.
Glaze the red along the lower left side of the pear at the bottom. (this is entirely optional, I just like how it gives the pear some spark)
You are most welcome to leave your pear just yellow if you like.
You can add more shadow to the pear stem point too.
Clean your brush and reload with glazing medium and side load with Citrus Green.
Glaze along the right side of the pear in the top area and then down on the bottom area to give it some green shadowing.
With the#12 flat brush and Burnt Umber use the chisel edge to create a stem. You can use a liner brush if you prefer.
Touch in more white highlights are you see fit.
Using a touch of white with the Burnt Umber add some lighter touches to the stem to give it texture.
And there you have painted some beautiful Pears!
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- Plaid Folk Art Multi Surface Paints
- Moon Yellow
- Daffodil Yellow
- Wicker White
- Apple Red
- Yellow Ocher
- Burnt Umber
- Goldenrod (optional)
- Citrus Green
- Medium grey (for shadowing shown in video)
- Donna Dewberry brushes
- 3/4" flat brush
- #12 flat brush
- Script liner (optional)
- Draw pear
- Base paint with Wicker White (if on darker surface)
- Base paint with yellow of choice
- Add highlights with Wicker White
- Shade or add shadows with a darker yellow around outside edge
- Glaze on some Apple red in strategic places
- Glaze on some Citrus green
- Add stem base with shadow color
- Paint stem
- Enhance highlights or shadows as needed
You can switch up colors as you please. Don't think you must hold to certain colors. Experiment and have fun!