Once in a Blue . . . Pear

I always liked the phrase Once in a blue moon. It refers to the rarity of some event. It also, according to Wikipedia, describes extra full moons:

A blue moon is a full moon that is not timed to the regular monthly pattern. Most years have twelve full moons which occur approximately monthly, but in addition to those twelve full lunar cycles each calendar year contains an excess of roughly eleven days. The extra days accumulate, so that every two or three years (on average about every 2.7154 years) there is an extra full moon. The extra moon is called a “blue moon.” Different definitions place the “extra” moon at different times.

  • In calculating the dates for Lent and Easter, the Clergy identify the Lent Moon. It is thought that historically when the moon’s timing was too early they named an earlier moon as a “betrayer moon” (“belewe” moon), thus the Lent moon came at its expected time.
  • Folklore gave each moon a name according to its time of year. A moon which came too early had no folk name – and was called a blue moon – bringing the correct seasonal timings for future moons
  • The Farmer’s Almanac defined blue moon as an extra full moon that occurred in a season; one season was normally three full moons. If a season had four full moons, then the third full moon was named a blue moon.

I often use the moon in my art and poetry, including the blue moon on rare occasions (yes, I did that on purpose). So when I created this blue pear, the phrase popped into my head as a title, with a slight revision.

It’s a small, 8″ by 8″ collage painting on a solid birch panel (like the collage paintings I did in April). It is quite textured, and I was very pleased with the sides. I have a thing for the sides of a painting: they play important “supporting roles” to the main star or face.

Once in a Blue Moon by Carol Wiebe

Once in a Blue Pear ~ by Carol Wiebe

Once in a Blue Moon, top view

Once in a Blue Pear ~ top view

Hey, Sis, this one’s for you!


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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6 Responses to Once in a Blue . . . Pear

  1. Barb Toews says:

    I love everything about this piece (including your very informative ‘blue moon’preamble!!!

  2. carolwiebe says:

    Thank’s Barb, we women are very related to the moon and her phases.

  3. barb says:

    I LOVE IT! And thanks for the link – great things are going to happen now. What are you charging for this beauty?

    By the way, the first thing that Karl noticed was the shapely buttocks of your fruit……..

    • carolwiebe says:

      Yes, she is quite sensuous, this blue rarity. I think your influence is rubbing off. That’s what happens when you rub shoulders with a pearson such as yourself (NOT a typo).

  4. tammy vitale says:

    thinking outside the box…again…=]

  5. John says:


    Is this for sale? Price?

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