Friday, July 8, 2011

Daily Painting, Pear Still Life, LE BOL DE POIRES, by Carol Schiff, 14X18, OIL

This is not a new painting, but one that I have never posted.  I was touring museums in Washington DC when I decided to take a coffee break and found this beautiful bowl of pears on the counter.

I have entered this in the Daily Paintworks auction at a reduced price.  The 14x18 stretched canvas has the sides painted black so that it may be hung with or without a frame.

My friend Carmen Beecher makes the best biscuits in the world.  She works from her grandmother's recipe.  Carmen and her grandmother don't measure...they do it by touch, but she worked up this recipe for the rest of us.


2 Cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup Crisco ( more if you want them flakier)
1 cup battermilk

Grease cookie sheet, set oven to 425
In large bowl, cut the Crisco into the flour until crumbly.  Pour in the buttermilk, stir with a fork.  Flour your hands and pick up a golf-ball sized piece of dough.  Roll into a ball in your hands, flatten and place on cookie sheet. with the biscuits not touching

Bake for 15 minutes.  Makes 12.

If you have any left over, split them in half, spread with butter, and slip under the broiler until toasty brown.
Bring on the jam and enjoy!!

These are excellent for strawberry shortcake, just add a little sugar to the recipe.


Anonymous said...


Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Thanks for the recipe. Biscuits are something that I do very seldom but might be tempted again!

Love your painting with the mirrored reflection of the colors.


Carmen Beecher said...

Carol, this painting is just gorgeous. You have mastered the marshes! And thanks for the plug...that will earn you some biscuits next time we're in N. Carolina!

Carol Blackburn said...

Very nicely done, Carol.

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

These pears pop. Wow. Really well done. I love the way the pears are right there and the background helps push them forward. Wonderful. You have to be proud of this one.

Lorraine Shirkus said...

Beautiful painting! The pears are so rich and varied and you created such a lovely pearlescence for the sides and rim of the bowl.

Kathy Cousart said...

Wonderful painting- love all the variety in the colors and shapes of the pears. Great reflection too:)

Art with Liz said...

I don't always comment, but you know you much I love your work! This is no exception.

Marie Theron said...

I love this off-center bowl of fruit, Carol! It almost wants to slip away! The shiny colorful swollen fruit looks as if they are from a museum-quality painting. The biscuits sound nice, would love to do some as it is winter here!

Gwen Bell said...

I love the vantage point of this and all of those fabulous colors reflecting in and around the bowl.

THANKS for the recipe! The Crisco really does make them so flaky. Yummy! Strawberry Shortcake, here I come!

Tina L. Hook said...

Love this. And any recipe from a grandma is golden in my book.

mary maxam said...

Classy and beautiful!

Virginia said...

The pears are just marvelous. I admire your work so very much. I painted at one time but have given it up for the very fact that I just couldn't paint what I "see". Photography has filled that void. I have an artist friend that has offered to help me. We'll see....