I've taken a bit of license with the coloring as I got all involved with gradation. The pear was covered with tiny spots which I tried to portray with stippling and I bet a toothbrush could have achieved results too.
Light, easy-going layers work very well and little slip-ups are easily remedied but it is very hard to restrain the urge to go over still wet surfaces. Of course, this only leads to damage. I had to do some serious scraping and rebuilding in the green area.
I tried various washes in an effort to find reasonable shadows. I'll be doing some tests and explorations to find something closer to a neutral shadow area.
After stating my goal for showing work, I've been thinking it useful to come up with a bit of a plan. A first question immediately came up: What subjects should I focus on? And now, I already have a start!
NESBA has a booth at the annual Boston Flower Show in March. Joyce (our NESBA president) just emailed to let me know that this year's subject is anything that can be grown in a container. Thanks, Joyce! :-) So it's time to get to thinking and painting, having something ready in time for the show.