When I teach technique classes I usually always include a pear of some kind. The reason for this is that pears are not only glorious subjects to paint, but they are easy and always work. Students gain enormous confidence when they tackle a pear in the early part of their classes. I particularly love painting pears on the branch and have many sketchbook pages filled with all kinds of them. This was a quick, splashy rendering I did in one of my spring classes. It's watercolor and ink. Sometimes, the quick splashy pages are the most fun.