When thinking of something to bring to the #DoodlewashDinner today, nothing was coming to mind except the color red, so I just decided to show up with a handful of cherries. Other than adding them to my dessert doodlewashes, I realized I’d never sketched cherries by themselves before, so I thought I would give it a try. I love cherries as well! They’re so versatile, can be paired with herbs like sage, chives, and verbena, used in desserts, paired with sweet cream and ricotta cheese, and even with meats like pork and beef, especially with a little black pepper. Darn, I’m starving again.

Most of the tart cherries in the United States are grown in the state of Michigan. Traverse City claims to be the “Cherry Capital of the World” and hosts a National Cherry Festival. They also have the World’s Largest Cherry Pie Pan which sits outside a Sara Lee bakery outlet. The little plaque out front proudly proclaims their entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for a pie baked back in 1987 that was 17′ 6″ (5.3 meters) and weighed in at over 14 tons (12.7 metric tons). Let’s just hope this little event wasn’t followed by a pie eating contest, because that would just be gross.

As if this weren’t silly enough, years early in 1976, a town 45 minutes away called Charlevoix made the first largest cherry pie pan and still has it on display. Even though it’s apparently now dropped to third in the world, which is bizarre to imagine there needs to be three of these, it still has a sign defiantly proclaiming it’s the “World’s Largest.” Proof that our American “bigger is better” culture is alive, well, and just as ridiculous as ever. I’ve never understood why more is so often preferred over something that’s only just right. Something simple and delicious and not so boastful, like a handful of cherries.

You’re all invited to a Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! Just tag your food or drink image #doodlewashdinner and I’ll feature you and your culinary creations in a delicious Doodlewash Gallery at the end of the month! 

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Maroon Perylene, Pyrrol Red, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Green Pale, Sap Green, and Quinacridone Gold. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

48 replies on “A Handful of Cherries

  1. You did a beautiful job on those cherries….so funny, I tried typing in cheeries twice….there! they are very cheerful and cherry! lol love that blue, makes them look quite tasty. Our cheery….no….cherry season is coming soon, I can’t wait!

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  2. Love your wonderfully painted cherries.
    Let me also mention the cherries from Door County in Wisconsin are also awesome, especially when soaked in vodka for 6 months. It’s called cherry bounce. Be careful or you will be bouncing.

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  3. Merely halfway through, and already we have the cherry on top! I hope you’ve picked enough to go round! These are some splendid cherries, Charlie – the touches of blue work really well. I certainly couldn’t turn them down – even as a child I loved them, which is quite something!

    I think you need to go over in your Pie Police tee and verify these cherry pie ‘records’.

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