Two Cherries, oil pastel


Last week’s word challenge included red and fruit.  The first thing I thought of was cherries, which took me way back when I was growing up I’d pick cherries (sweet and sour) for extra money during the summer months.  So many stories I could tell .  .  .

I decided to do a still life of cherries that I found on pmp by photographer Alina – perfect pair of cherries.  These looked like “Bing” cherries so that’s what I went with in my mind as I was painting them.

The oil pastel (5×7) was painted on Mi-Teintes pastel paper a light-grey ground.  I used nearly 100% Senneliers as they handle this paper wonderfully.  Hope you enjoy .   .   . so glad to be back painting.

Two Cherries

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25 Responses to Two Cherries, oil pastel

  1. violetski says:

    They look real Mary!
    Beautiful❤️

  2. cherylmoore says:

    Hi Mary, you have a great sense of depth. I love the way you’ve managed to place the object successfully on a minimalist background, and ground it using shadow. That’s hard to do. Fine work as usual.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Cheryl for your nice feedback, really appreciate it. I’m learning that less is more and in this case you’re right the shadows did ground the cherries. 5×7’s are a bit of a challenge for me to see what’s developing, perhaps because the scene is so small. I figured out that taking pictures while I’m painting lets me see the image from a different perspective. Thanks!

  3. doronart says:

    I always say Mary that each painting we do is another expression from our life stories, love those cherries.

  4. Forest So Green says:

    They look totally real and so delicious 🙂 Annie

  5. kerlund74 says:

    A great painting, like it:)

  6. Perfect cherries! They look so real, I can almost taste them by looking 😉 Very nice, Mary!!

  7. Ogee says:

    Simple. Delightful. Simply delightful. 🙂

  8. Francesca says:

    Those cherry are amazing. They look so real and the color is great!

  9. Ah, Mary, I love those cherries! !! 🙂 xx

  10. Love the way you drew so realistically those cherries! It is a colorful & delicate fruit but becomes ever more so when attached to beautiful memories 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks, I’ve touched a lot of cherries in my lifetime – bruised too many, eat lots of them and filled many buckets. I made 50 cents a bucket and had a ball!

      • The way you describe it brings a smile to my face… there’s nothing as precious as happy memories and I’m sure that is what you’ll have in mind every time you’ll look at your picture, what a beautiful thing to do to yourself!
        Enjoy it 🙂

  11. Sharon K. says:

    Wonderful, Mary. I love perfect red cherries. This composition is just lovely!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Sharon for your nice comment – really does take me back many years. I can smell the orchards when I first saw the reference image, couldn’t resist this one. Thank you so much!

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