"Demitasse and Orchid" -- oil on canvas 36x48" -- Margie Guyot
Running WAY behind on my posts! Trying to catch up. This painting I did a few years ago. Right now it's hanging in Gallery 50, in Traverse City, in their "Art of Food & Wine Show". They had a chef judging the artwork this time and he awarded mine "this is so intense" award. Which I take as a compliment! I'd be horrified if it got a "this is so trite" award. Or a "Thomas Kincade Wannabe" award.
It was really challenging to paint! The "tablecloth" was fabric from Jo Ann Fabrics. The pale green napkins were from a garage sale. I'd found the red & white striped demitasse cups at a consignment shop. They knocked my socks off, so I HAD to try painting them! Ascending spirals on vertical tubes -- just try painting those! Many wipe-outs.
Other "many wipe-outs" occurred while attempting to paint the wooden stand the orchid is sitting on. I always work from life, never from a projected photograph, so the trouble happens when I stand and look, then step forward to paint, then step back to look -- and by standing in just a fraction of an inch differently, the angles all look different. So it's a struggle.
Because I paint from life, some things rot before the painting is finished. Waste not, want not: I painted the bowl of strawberries quickly as possible, then ate them. And the cookies -- same way. Painted them & ate them. Then it was on to other things.
That orchid was wonderful. It lasted for months. I did 3 or 4 paintings of it before it finally dropped its flowers. It's still alive here, but hasn't bloomed yet this summer. Maybe it's mad at me?