daily painting titled Still Life with Strawberries

Still Life with Strawberries

18cm x13cm (7½"x5"), oil on gessoed card Painting status: SOLD
This painting is available as a limited edition print
Daily painting for Tuesday 7 April, 2009
Posted in Still life paintings


These are simply sublime!!! We don't find REAL strawberries in the States any more. These remind me of the ones I ate in Brazil, as a child. How I loved to squish them with a fork in a bowl, and see the colors mix in with the cream! The reflections on these...ah the reflections...how they bring out the lushness of the fruit!
My knee-jerk reaction was simply "Wow!" Your still-life techniques are superb.
These look like the ones we had from the better-than-organic garden on 'grandpa' Derek's farm in Hopkinton, NH!! I'm salivating just thinking of them. Oh, and they smell sooooo good. There's nothing better than picking your own home-grown produce when you know what soil you planted into and what rubbish fertilizer and pesticides and herbicides you did NOT put on your plate! Another plate of gorgeusness, Julian. Koszonom szepen.
I love the 'seeming' simplicity of this painting. The light, the colour, the luscious shape of the strawberries conspire to create a sensual and, dare I say, sexy image. I imagine champagne, chocolate and candlelight as an accompaniment to these strawberries.
I meant 'gorgeousness', of course... ;-)
I've been following your postings for several years now, and it just occurred to me that, while your work has always been wonderful, you are reaching new levels lately. I am left staring open-mouthed at my computer screen whenever I open a new day's work.
I agree with Lynne, new levels indeed. These are plump juicy strawberries, I bet they tasted as good as they look!
nigel, you have reminded me to climb up to the studio, save these poor blighters who are probably rotting and have them for breakfast! congratulations on saving six strawberry lives!
I agree with Barbara M. I like too the little curving effect of the table's edge and the layout overall, suggesting the weight of the fruits. The green stalks giving a feeling of an aerial motion, a tempo. Impressive feelings of fullness. Julian, your talent is sparkling like these white gleams on the strawberries.
a photograph could not have captured the color and the texture as well as you have--just beautiful.
I adore the glossy plumpness of these fresh picked berries...yummy!