I wanted to tackle a subject with a more difficult surface. So a silver coffeepot it was, in which the practically-purple cherries were nicely reflected. Composing the objects was, again, a major problem, and so was the drapery. I totally screwed up the first attempt (Still Life with Silver Coffee Pot and Cherries I). I made so many over-paintings and repairs with scrubbing brush, CLR (strong bathroom cleaner), gesso and more gesso, that the canvas eventually buckled like wet paper and dried with dents, gouges and bubbles. By attempt No. 2 (Still Life with Silver Coffee Pot and Cherries II) the surface was smoother but I like my first attempt better. More depth, I think. Looking at the mess of the surfaces made me think ruefully of the many layers of Bakelite-mixed paint that forger Han van Meegeren used to create the hard, craquelure-marked, luminous surface of his Vermeer fakes.