"Purple Cabbage" -- plein air field study -- 18x24" -- oil on canvas -- Margie Guyot
Normally I wouldn't paint a plein air study in this large a format, but I decided to try it this afternoon. I'd been over at the neighbor's garden, picking a few green beans, when I noticed their beautiful row of cabbages. Aha! Time to drag out the old easel!
Thank goodness I threw everything into my car and drove over. It took a couple hours to paint this and the sun was hot and I was rather tired at the end. My BestBrella didn't want to stay put in the wind, so I had to hold it most of the time with my left hand. Then my canvas blew off the Soltek easel! I managed to catch it before it landed face-down in the dirt. But worst of all: a mean bumblebee (one of those fat, black & yellow jobs) crawled up inside my capris and stung me in back of my left knee! OWWWW! Talk about "suffering for one's art"! I was happy my car was nearby and I could just heave all my gear into the back.
Cabbages are so cool! I might come back and paint one of the green ones. But next time I'll be sure to wear LONG pants!