Saturday, December 8, 2007

Cherries in Colander

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard, 6 x 6"
Painted- Oct. - Dec. 8, 2007, #140.

These type of Bing cherries, with a shiny skin, deep saturated color have a very meaty & juicy interior. Along with cultivated blueberries, are my favorite small fruits. During the month of June, we vacationed in beautiful British Columbia. During this period they were in season in the Okanagan Valley. We often stopped at road-side vendors or country store to buy some. When we got back home, Costco were selling them, I think in 5 lbs clear containers. Anyway, during this period I ended up eating many, many pounds.
Visually, they also seem to be "objet de d├ęsir" for other Blog artists as well. Michael Naples, Jelaine Faunce, Mick McGinty, M. Collier, Otto Lange, Justin Claytor, John Beder, Terry Wagner, Paul Wolber and the incomparable Neil Hollingsworth & Linda Lucas Hardy are but a few who have examined these type of cherries and other varieties in which there are about one hundred. In my version, they are in our backyard in a small colander, sitting there in a large white serving bowl, waiting for me to eat them....YUM!
-private collection


  1. Alvin, this piece is absolutely stunning. Cherries do make such compelling subject matter don't they...and afterwards they are good to eat. What more could you want?

  2. Thank You Linda & Don for your visit and heartfelt comments.

  3. You've done them justice Alvin. "Meaty" is certainly a perfect word, I think you've captured that so well in this painting. It's a beautiful addition to cherry paintings around the world!

  4. Absolutely love this piece! I first ran into your work at Fog Forest Galery, but didn't know you blogged. Great to find you, and thanks for stopping by to say 'hi'. Must say, reading an October post about your last solo show was very exciting. Congrats!!

  5. Thank you Ambera & Shayla, I truly appreciate your comments.