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oil on gessobord
5″ x 7″
Growing up, we had an ornamental cherry tree in our back garden.
Every year, it would explode in a riot of pink blossoms and I would happily sit outside as often as I could during that brief period, just looking at it. I couldn’t get enough.
I tried several times as a child and teenager to capture its magnificence, but never could; I didn’t paint at the time and pencil or oil pastels just fell wildly short of the soft voluptuous quality of the blossoms.
In the spring of 2020, I discovered that the neighbour’s tree that grew next to my second floor balcony was a cherry tree.
Cue my delight.
And because the pandemic meant my schedule was wiiiiide open for the first time in years, when I said “I’m gonna spend the afternoon painting the cherry blossoms”, I actually went and did it.
The first painting wasn’t the greatest – it took me a while to get the hang of those clusters of petals and the overcast day meant that the blossoms often got lost against the white-clouded sky.
The second day, the sun came out and I tried again; this painting is from that day.
The third day, wind and rain overnight had blown most of the petals off.
It’s a moment I’m glad I seized.
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