I grew up around apple and cherry orchards, most summers you could find me out there picking the fruit for a summer job. Nice way to earn extra money, but oh it was exhausting and dirty (from the sprays and cherry juice) work, I loved it. The stories I could tell! Where I lived in the Spring all you could see were these beautiful white and pink orchards – really was breathtaking. I think they would make for a great subject and may do a new series (to be painted over time) of orchards.
Orchard Blossoms (8×10), an oil pastel painting, was painted using a gesso-prepared hardboard. It’s the first time that I’ve painted tiny blossoms on a tree, a first for everything, but the subject appeals to me considering I grew up with them. These trees are so interesting, gnarly and gorgeous in the Spring – cherry trees have white blossoms and apples are pink. If you notice this painting has both cherry trees (left-side) and apple trees (right-side).
Hope you enjoy a little of my childhood pastime . . . click onto image for a larger view.
My friend Irini Adler, artist and photographer from pmp provided this reference image.
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