Sunday, June 15, 2008

No cherries this year...


I’ve been waiting for the local cherry crop to appear so I could make panna cotta with cherry compote. I discovered last week, however, that our April snowstorm and a lack of pollination by Oregon bees have destroyed the local cherry crop. (The peach crop, too!) Since making this dessert is a rite of summer for me, I finally went to the store and purchased California cherries, not as sweet as the homegrown ones, but better than none at all.

I'm pleased with the way these cherries turned out. There is a bit of sparkle about them which I like.

Watercolor on Fabriano artistico 140 CP.

11 comments:

Donn said...

Sorry about the no local cherries, but your painting of them is perfect! Delicious looking to eat.
My favorite pie is the cherry pie.

Sherry said...

Tell you what, in July you come here and we'll drive up to the Door County peninsula and get yummy cherries. :) I go up every year - my aunt and my sister-in-law live in that area, and I take art classes there too. My kitchen is wallpapered in yellow and white plaid with red cherries. All that is to say I share your passion for the fruit, and that your painting is indeed luscious.

SCquiltaddict said...

yuummmy

Shirley said...

They're gorgeous!

Ann said...

Sorry you can't get local cherries this year. We had the same thing happen with local apples last year - a late freeze. Your watercolor is delicious though!

freebird said...

Beautiful cherries. If I can paint like that anytime in the future I'll be happy.

A Brush with Color said...

Your cherries are beautiful--they really look glistening and real. And the red color is dead-on. Excellent! Bing cherries always make me think of my dad--he loves them, and I never eat them that I don't think of him.

Sandy said...

these cherries Glow - beautiful red work. Again I would love to know the pigments you used if that is not too much to add to the posts! Sorry to hear about the local crops, especially the peaches (my local fav)

Sharon said...

Sandy, I did a light wash of Alizarin crimson first. When that was dry I added a combination of alizarin with a touch of cad red light for the lighter areas and then used carmine with a bit of ultramarine for the darker areas. Glad you liked it and thanks for stopping by!

juj said...

I know I commented on these on your Flickr - but they are just so terrific I had to say so again. The shadows, the value range, the imperfect shapes, and of course the sparkle - I love it all.

janabouc said...

Yum, these look deliciously vibrant. I've been snacking on cherries the past week -- no shortage here and they've been so sweet. I need to save a few to paint too.