oil on wood, 8x8"

Berkswell cheese portrait by mike geno

Berkswell sheep's milk cheese is hand made at Ram Hall Farm, situated on the edge of Berkswell village, close to Coventry in England. It's shaped like a flying saucer due to the shape of the basket mould in which it is made. It's unusual pointed shape is part of why I chose to paint it. Having a thin wedge though, It seemed most interesting to have it balanced on one of it's rounded sides, standing asymmetrically and creating a diagonal on this small square surface. As I painted it, it warmed and flaked more and more, similar to a gouda.


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