Life and Pears

The allure of supermarket pears is real: perfectly shaped, beautifully colored, promisingly sweet. Pears grown wild are not like that. They come warped and blemished; who knows what’s inside. Life and pears…not the way they’re supposed to be, but how they are. Sometimes sweet, sometimes rotten. “It’s how we cope that makes the difference.”


watercolor and ink, Stillman & Birn “Beta” journal

10 Comments on “Life and Pears

  1. Doug Wilson’s quote really touched my heart, Jean. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Beautiful sketchbook page, too. You have such a wonderful way of laying out a page. Your work delights me!

    • Thanks Leslie- Doug was a very sweet and thoughtful man, who I corresponded with through my job. He shared those words with me because he knew I was having a hard time adjusting to my transition to CT. A week later, it took on a whole new meaning. I’m glad his words touched you, too. I enjoyed seeing your trip to Italy. Here’s to art and life!

  2. I looked quickly at your painting and was excited about the pears. I love them too for all thier reasons- sweet,juicy and beautiful to behold. But then I read your quotes and I was very moved.
    Thank you for your beautiful journal page and helpful reminders of why we are here sharing our journey with those we care for so deeply.

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