It isn’t the exact same pear, but even if it was, occasionally I like a subject so much I can paint it twice. Thrice has not happened yet. Shades of gold and a dark background got me into this particular one. Not everybody likes chiaroscuro, but the darkness in the background of the dramatically lit subject is quite magical to me. High contrast is usually achieved, and with it clarity. In fact, the Italian term chiar’oscuro originates from chiaro ‘clear, bright’ and oscuro ‘dark, obscure’. Put together the effect is one widely employed since the Renaissance by many artists, including photographers and cinematographers.