Saturday, March 31, 2012

Pearfectly Paired Watercolor Painting By Laura Leeder

"The pear is the grandfather of the apple, its poor relation, a fallen aristocrat, the man-at-arms of our domains, which once, in our humid land, lived lonely and lordly, preserving the memory of its prestige by its haughty comportment."    ~ Francois Pierre de la Varenne

@ Pearfectly Paired, Watercolor, 10.5" x 11.75"
    Laura Leeder, March 2012

The sun peaked out from the clouds yesterday for a for a few brief minutes and I was able to get a photo of this completed pear painting. 

Here are a few facts about pears:
-they are member of the rose family and related to the apple and the quince.
-pears have been cultivated and enjoyed for thousands of years.
-Homer referred to them as "gifts from the gods". 

This sweet and juicy fruit is not only delicious but high in vitamin c and copper. Pears are often used to create simple and elegant dishes.  The next time you buy pears try one of these recipes:

Combine pears with mustard greens, watercress, leeks and walnuts for a delicious salad.

Serve pears with goat or bleu cheese for a delightful dessert.

Add chopped pears, grated ginger and honey to millet porridge for a pungently sweet breakfast treat.

Core pears, and poach in apple juice or wine.

Have a great weekend,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist, Creston,BC


Judy said...

Lovely painting, Laura! I like the leaves, do you have a pear tree in your garden?

Laura Leeder said...

Thanks Judy, Pears are such fun to paint, especially the leaves. I like bringing color and texture into mine.

One of my friend's has pear tree's on her property, so each fall I pick a few. Of course, you can't leave the property until you've fed a few to her horse! Such fun.

Win Dinn, Etc. said...

Now you've got me craving pears in a big way, Laura.

Win Dinn, Etc. said...

I am still so much liking the cosiness of these two - they look very happy together!

Laura Leeder said...

Thanks Win, I agree!

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