A Quince’s Tale

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Quinces (31 cms x 22 cms mixed media 2015)

We’ve harvested the first quinces from the tree we planted when we moved house a couple of years ago. They’re beautiful, like fairy-tale pears: great golden Maurice Sendak fruits that look like they might make the woodcutter’s daughter fall asleep for half a century after one bite. But too perfect to draw.

So when my beloved told me that she’d seen a boxful outside a cottage for passers-by to help themselves, it was worth the drive of some miles into the countryside to investigate.

They were splendid: misshapen, bruised, speckled, downy, knotty things, like angry little fists. I’m sure they’ll make wonderful quince jelly later this week, but in the meantime they’ve been willing models for a series of drawings.

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Quinces on a hand-made plate (32 cms x 24 cms pastel on Hahnemuehle Velour paper 2015)

The sheet of twelve started off as a sort of morning pages exercise, but I decided to ink over the original pencil sketches and paint them with watercolour and watercolour pencils. The plate of three on Hahnemuehle Velour (above) was more challenging for me, being unused to the intriguingly soft texture of this paper.

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Quinces on a hand-made plate 2 (30 cms x 23 cms pastel on watercolour paper 2015)

So I did a third on watercolour paper. This is probably enough quince drawings for one day, but I would just like to try one more after supper…

PS I was thinking of calling this post ‘An artist formally knows his quince’ but happily for all concerned decided against it.

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29 thoughts on “A Quince’s Tale

  1. Great stuff Michael – each one fresh, and very enjoyable description. Love the likening to an angry fist, it’s spot on; the renderings carry suitable punch for such observation!

    (The ditched title is also *marvellous*.)

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  2. These are so good, I especially love the sultry plate of three on the velour with the darker ground, but I also love the first one; the illustration style is lovely. We have a quince tree in our garden, which is also dropping fruit right now, and they are proper knarly and as hard as walnuts. Personally I’d have gone with the pun 🙂 Lovely work.

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  3. You have a really appealing style that’s easy to appreciate. I also find your writing quite enjoyable to read as well, and I’ll look forward to seeing more from you in the future!
    Cheers.

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