"Reflecting on Each Other" and "Fruit" paired up.

Apples and Oranges in Pairs for a Double Discount

"Reflecting on Each Other" and "Fruit" paired up.

“Reflecting on Each Other” and “Fruit” paired up.

Small paintings are nice when paired or in groupings, especially little still lifes and florals like these apples and oranges. I painted these two little pastels years apart but decided I could pair them with identical frames which I finished myself. I include these in my summer collection, but together their colors touch all the seasons and can brighten up any kitchen, hallway, sun porch or any area in your home.



Original pastel, 5.5″ x 3.5″, 2000. The mats are 2.25″, white under mat and deep orange suede top mat.

Fruit, framed.

Fruit, framed.

I did this quick little sketch while teaching a class in plein air sketching and working with minimal materials. It’s an orange and a red apple and a green apple with blue shadows. I’ve always liked it. and finally decided to frame it up.

“Reflecting on Each Other”

Reflecting on Each Other, Pastel, 5″ x 7″, 2017. The mats are 1.5″, white under mat and forest green top mat.

Reflecting on Each Other, framed.

Reflecting on Each Other, framed.

At this angle I could see a little splash of orange on the Granny Smith and a few specks of green on the Clementine. The light on each of them, the shadows and shapes and the shades of green and orange were almost too many to identify. I took the photo several years ago of my fruit bowl. How fun when you can use your fruit as a painting subject, and then eat it. That’s really a very good deal.

About the frames

I have fun adding finishes to salvage frames. For years “Fruit” had been framed in the frame above, but with its original bright gold finish because sometimes they work well with small still lifes, and several did sell, but not this one. After about a decade I  was pretty tired of it and had a few others of the same gold frame. I mixed a creamy white acrylic that was like the warm white color really old oil-base white paint turns, brushed on layers, chipped a little, then rubbed off on edges to create the vintage, shabby chic look.

Detail of frame.

I like them both much better now!


Until the Vernal Equinox you can get a double discount on these two paintings.

  • You can purchase one painting and get 25% off of that painting.
  • Or you can purchase the pair for $75 and get 25% off of that discounted price.

Buy ONE and get 25% off

Purchase one painting, use the coupon code ORIGINALART25 in your shopping cart.

Purchase the PAIR for 25% off the single price and also a 25% discount on top of that

Purchase each painting, use the coupon code ORIGINALART25 in your shopping cart.

Then use the coupon code PAIRFRUITSFOR75 to take 25% off of that.

Use the coupons in that order. My shopping cart permits two coupon codes.

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See other paintings in my Still Lifes and Florals Gallery.

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