The mantel over our fireplace currently boasts a growing collection of original, 10×10-inch paintings. At last count, there were 14 of them – although that number changes daily as new ones are added and others, once purchased, are packed up and sent off to new homes.
Included in the line-up are a couple of colourful fish, some vintage cars, our dog, Maisy, a few flower studies, and a violin. They’re all part of a rather ambitious project by Mr. Pear Tree that he’s dubbed 100 for 100.
“My goal is to paint 100, 10×10-inch acrylic paintings before the calendar turns over to 2012. Each one will be sold for just $100. 100 for 100,” he said.
Mr. Pear Tree, as he’s known on this blog (or Kyle Poirier in real life), made the challenge for himself last July because he felt he needed some creative motivation. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UBC Okanagan in 1999, he has produced only a little bit of art, as work and life have competed for his attention.
In addition to giving himself a goal, the project gives art lovers and collectors a chance to own an original piece of art by an emerging artist, at an affordable price.
His subject matter is diverse, as scenes or objects catch his eye. In the beginning, Mr. Pear Tree’s paintings boasted vibrant colour and a whimsical, almost illustrative look. The latest few, however, have taken a more muted, earthy turn, with rich browns and terra cotta colours, blends and washes. These ones, I must admit, have been favourites for me and I will be a little bit sad to see them go.
Pictured above, studies on my favourite teapot, and a few of my most treasured books.
As the works are completed, they become available on Mr. Pear Tree’s new blog, www.thepeartree.ca/kyle. Click over and say hi!
Mr. Pear Tree wanted to use a blog-style shop for his work not only to reach a broader audience, but to give readers a glimpse into the artist’s life and the process of creating a work. You can also interact with him through comments – or even critique a work online.
“It’s the way sites are working nowadays. People want the information fast, and accessible,” Mr. Pear Tree said. “And this way, if they like what they see, they can purchase it, as well.”
Taking something old and putting a new spin on it. It’s what The Pear Tree is all about!
– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier