bowl of cherries (ink pen wash) & two pears (watercolor) - Italy 2015

In Italy, from the time I arrived til I began tending a garden and orchard on my own, a passion of mine was always fruit and vegetables. My greatest friends became the people who owned the small fruit and vegetable shops all around town. Over the years these places became fewer and fewer but I always found them and never tired of enjoying the seasons via fruit and vegetables.

Spring and early summer meant cherries, several varieties, each replacing the previous harvest. It's a miracle I managed to paint these without eating them since "una tira l'altra". This sketch was done with a bleedable felt pen and a bit of white acrylic. The pears are a late summer variety, one of the first to be picked, and my attempt at using a Japanese water color set I'd been given.