I love painting from live objects right in front of me. I know there are many successful painters that take hundreds of photos to find the right subjects but I believe that I am like Andrew Wyeth who once said that he needed to, "get to the thing," he needed the intensity of the experience of the thing he wished to paint.
is a smallish study 4.5 x 5 inches. Pears bruise if you handle them even a little it seems. It's like that in life for many of us as well.