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Royal Cherries

In Royal Cherries, the latest painting in my still life ‘Cherries Series’, I placed a row of seven fresh cherries with an old chess queen from my props collection.

Long live the queen

A couple of years ago, I found the queen lying in the dirt by a farm gate. Sometimes I wonder how she ended up there, because it wasn’t exactly an obvious venue for a game of chess. Also, I didn’t see any other chess pieces nearby. I took the queen home and cleaned her up. She’s an elderly lady, clearly, with a lot of her black paint worn away with use. I could have re-painted her but I decided against it. She has bags of character as she is.

My title

As for my title, well, the cherries are royal just by association with the queen. As far as I know, there’s no real-life variety of cherry of that name. Sticking with the theme of royalty, I painted the background with a mixed colour which approximates the shade known as royal blue. At least, I hope it does.

I lit the set-up brightly from the side to create strong shadows and tonal contrast.

Would you like to buy this painting?

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


The size is 5 x 7 inches, or 13 x 18 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 £50.00.

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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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