I painted my first cherries at The Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, the Netherlands back in 1979 when I studied with Rien Bout and Hans van der Lek.The background was a black piece of carton and the cherries were plastic!
But with these orange colored cherries here I had a totally different experience, Lightness, juiciness, sun.
The man who bought it said it made him think of the cherries he ate in France.
Latere I learned that these kind of cherries are also found in Michigan a lot and I see them around here in Berkeley also.
This is an other variation which I painted much later. Luckily I made a whole bunch of photo’s because it turned out that these cherries were not going to be available in the Netherlands for a long time. I found them once in WC Schalwijk(a shopping mole in Haarlem,the Netherlands, they came frome Chili and they were damaged buy the rain, like there skins were bursting open. Too bad.
This also belongs to this serie. My mother bought this one. I gave it an impressive frame from Mark Keppel at http://www.Keppellijsten.nl Haarlem, the Netherlands.
This one I started in acrylics and had a lot of fun using the paint sort of as if it was tempera. You can see that in the background.This is the unfinished version.
But to make it “serious I had to switch to oil, and I lost, for my feeling a lot of the eggshell charm .