Updated: Aug 10, 2019
I've been working on a bigger painting of strawberries for July as part of the calendar series and have done this little study that will be part of it. Time is racing by as usual! I have two exhibitions coming up at vineyards and am busy finishing vine paintings and organising for those so the July calendar has taken a back seat. One vineyard is local to me - Chafor Wine Estate in Bucks and the other is Giffords Hall Vineyard in Suffolk. Suffolk is a lovely area so we are taking a few days to look around whilst there. Thank heavens for Air B&B!
Strawberries are the epitome of an English summer - strawberries and cream at Wimbledon, Eton mess and Pavlova at just about every summer occasion, scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam and of course strawberry tart. It's strawberry tart that is key to the July calendar painting. I'm using the Queen of Hearts as a motif and having fun with playing cards and strawberry tarts. A friend told me of a riddle about strawberries that I would like to include -
"Red on the outside, white within,
Yellow spots are on my skin...."
Neither of us could remember the end of it or its provenance, so if anyone else can help, please do get in touch!