A Handful of Cherries

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch of loose red cherries with stems laying on a table

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

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48 Comments
  1. Sabiscuit 1 year ago

    Cherry red is a lovely colour.

  2. memadtwo 1 year ago

    Lovely looking cherries. Now I want some 🍒

  3. 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!

    • Author

      Haha! Cheeries works for me! That’s awesome! Thanks Margaret! 😃💕 and I think it should also be called Cheery Season officially! Yum!

  4. Gorgeous doodlewash, look at them shine. I always look to pick the deep red cherries over the orange/red ones, I think they taste better.

  5. YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

    Yum! Great looking and lovely cherries! Great light and reflections beautiful work Charlie! 😉

    • Author

      Awww thanks Carolina! 😃💕 These were fun to doodlewash… wasn’t sure I’d be able to get all the reflections liked I wanted, but turned out okay I think!

      • YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

        You did great reflections I like it! It turned out great! <3 🙂

  6. Teri C 1 year ago

    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.

  7. aubreeg05 1 year ago

    I love cherries! You did an amazing job!

  8. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    Yum! We can’t buy locally grown cherries here until July. Love how you added blue to your colors – another awesome doodlewash by Charlie! YAY!! 🍒😄💜

    • Author

      Thanks Jill! 😃💕 This was a little preview of what’s to come, like tomatoes. Yum! Glad you liked the blue…I normally blend it in too much and Philippe told me not to. Works well this way I think! Hehe

      • Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

        Yes! I really like it like this, Charlie! You are giving me ideas for my rose! Thanks! 😄

      • Author

        Awesome! Can’t way to see what you do!

  9. Jodi 1 year ago

    a cheery cherry doodlewash Charlie!

  10. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Each cherrie a little gem, beautiful Charlie.

  11. Rebecca 1 year ago

    My favourite fruit, and you’ve totally done them justice – the hints of blue are genius. 🙂

  12. artandmoondreams 1 year ago

    The cherries look so delicious! Beautiful painting, love the mix of color and layers along with the reflective light. Would love a handful of these right now, or maybe a bucket…that would be great. ;D

    • Author

      Thanks so much Haunani! 😃💕 Glad you liked this… I think we should go for a whole bucket. A handful is just a horrible tease! Lol

  13. Love the blues which deepen the reds! Great sparkle, Charlie! And hungry again lol. 💜

  14. Snehal Kank 1 year ago

    Beautiful doodlewash Charlie 😍🍒

  15. Cathe 1 year ago

    I love your cherries Charlie! Cherries mean summer to me and lazy backyard days eating cherries and enjoying the sunshine!

    • Author

      Thanks Cathe! 😃💕Yeah… I think I have summer on the brain lately. Keep wanting to paint all the food that coming next! Lol

  16. Jacob 1 year ago

    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’.

    • Author

      Thanks Jacob! 😃Cherries are awesome… I’m totally craving some right now. But that’s an excellent idea… I should put on my Pie Police tee and check out these claims. But they’re just pans now… if they were actual pies still I’d be there in a heartbeat!

  17. memadtwo 1 year ago

    I’m hungry again too. Still waiting for the prices to go down, but I’m ready for my summer cherry treats! You’ve caught the color and reflections perfectly. (K)

    • Author

      Thanks Kerfe! 😃💕Found these to be more complex than I expected, but fun to paint! I’m sooo ready for affordable cherries too!

  18. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    Your cherries are JUST RIGHT!

  19. Carol 1 year ago

    These juicy-looking cherries are truly just right, and the colors and reflected light are excellent!

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