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Cherry Green

Cherry Green

Over the past three years, I’ve done so many still life paintings of cherries and glass that naming them can be a problem. This one, however, was always going to be “Cherry Green”, because of the bright green background. There are even hints of green – reflections, really – on the upper surfaces of some of the cherries, and in the glass.

A rule of painting

I put the glass smack-dab in the middle. You’re not supposed to do that, it’s one of the rules of painting. The thinking is, if you place the dominant shape in the centre, the viewer‘s eyes go there and stay there. Consequently, the viewer fails to look round the rest of the painting.

Breaking the rule

I like to break a rule now and then. I broke it here, and to try to keep the viewer’s interest level up, I’ve done other things instead. For starters, I’ve centred the entire composition – so there’s nothing happening out on the edges for the viewer to look at, anyway. Next, the layout of the cherries outside the glass pulls the viewer’s eye clockwise around the glass, giving almost a sense of movement – at least, I hope it does. And I also have strong colour contrast going on, as red and green are opposites on the colour wheel.

How to paint cherries

If you’re interested in how I paint the cherries, I described the process in a blog post a while back. To see it, click here.

Would you like to buy this painting?

This original watercolour painting is available for sale, unframed. Terms and Conditions apply.


The size is 8.5 x 11.8 inches, or 21.5 x 30 centimetres.


The materials are Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours on Daler & Rowney 140lb (300gsm) Langton Prestige Cold Pressed (Not) watercolour paper, which is a professional-quality paper.


The price is UK £75.00.

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I’m prepared to sell this painting not just to buyers in the UK, but also to residents of the following countries*: Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States of America.

There’s no extra charge for shipping (postage and packing), but remember, the painting will be unframed. It’s up to you as the buyer to get it framed the way you want it.

*To the best of my knowledge, none of these countries will charge import duty on the painting.


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