Mid September my neighbour brought us a bag of beautiful pears from their tree, one fruit had stem and leaves intact which is a painters dream come true ... so I rushed it up to my studio and painted it. Being the beautiful Okanagan, we have frequent visitors, and the next three days had several so the still life was painted in snippets and quickly before everything wilted! Photography can't quite capture the luminous quality depicted in this painting.
Although still wet, I squeezed in another painting to include in Gallery Odin's "village" gallery during the Silver Star Wine Festival this coming weekend. Remember ... always consider the artist burning the candle at both ends before you touch a painting in a gallery (:
I wanted a special bowl to put these beauty Okanagan cherries in, so I stopped by the Vernon Community Art Centre. What I found was this delightful little bowl of Shannon Boyd's, an instructor there. Apparently a test piece for glazes and not available for purchase, Shannon kindly lent me the "denim blue over nutmeg" bowl which, being a complimentary colour, made the cherries rich and delightful.
It is strawberry season here in the Okanagan and the luscious ambrosia are even plentiful in my neglected garden! The bowl in this still life is a beautiful handmade, footed strawberry bowl complete with drain holes and a saucer to match. The berries disappeared the moment I finished the painting ... slurp!
This painting will be available at Art in the Garden, click here for details