"Fiesta!" -- oil on canvas -- 40x60" -- Margie Guyot
Last summer I snagged this Mexican sombrero at a yard sale in Glen Arbor. I just knew it would end up in a painting. It's a velvety-red, trimmed in gold and silver, with silver sequins. Very heavy -- I don't know how the guys can stand to wear them!
With the red sombrero as a starting point, I knew I wanted this still life to have a red-green theme. Years ago I realized that the paintings that seemed to "sing" to me, when I'd walk into a gallery, were the ones that made a big use of the complementary colors. So I try to do that -- when I think of it.
Aren't those cool pumpkins? I'd bought them earlier this fall from 2 young boys in Elk Rapids. I'd just used the striped one in a still life a couple weeks ago and thought I'd like to use it again -- before it rots. The vintage, reindeer glasses were found in an antique store up in Pellston. Green-striped afghan from a resale shop in Ellsworth. It's just endless -- the possibilities from all kinds of junk!
Every year I bring my geraniums inside and set them on the studio windowsill. Why buy new? Some of them are 5 years old.
What to put in the space under the table? It's always a question nagging me. This time I painted a portrait of "Miss America", one of my studio cats. She (really a he!) was named for her pretty, little face. I had to hold her in the crook of my left arm, baby doll style, to get a good look at her face while I painted.