"Antique #1" -- oil on canvas 6x6" -- Margie Guyot
"Honeycrisp #1" -- oil on canvas 6x6" -- Margie Guyot
"Honeycrisp #2" -- oil on canvas 6x6" -- Margie Guyot
"Honeycrisp #3" -- oil on canvas 6x6" -- Margie Guyot
"Zestar #1" -- oil on canvas 6x6" -- Margie Guyot
"Zestar #2" -- oil on canvas 6x6" -- Margie Guyot
"Sweet Tango" -- oil on canvas 6x6" -- Margie Guyot
I hadn't painted an apple since about 1997. Then about a week ago one of my friends, Caesar Citraro, asked if I'd give a short painting demonstration at a class he was teaching. It was a cold, rainy week, so the demo painting would have to be inside. What to paint?
Then I realized that the Charlevoix Apple Fest was coming up fast (October 14 - 16). Aha! Why not paint apples?
Compared to cupcakes, apples are a lot easier. No pleated, paper cups, no intricate frosting swirls. In short, apples are a JOY to paint! I love their bright colors and shininess.
During the painting demo, another friend, Karen Kimmel, gave me a Sweet Tango apple to paint. After the painting was done she cut it up for people to taste. This is the first year for sweet tangoes around here. Wow! That's one crispy, juicy apple! Given the choice between having $5 worth of dark chocolate and $5 worth of sweet tangoes, the apples win!
So with the arrival of new, juicier apples (such as honeycrisp, zestar and sweet tango), some of the older varieties are falling out of favor, it seems. Another friend close by has acres of old apple trees. They haven't been pruned or sprayed in years. Still, they manage to produce apples. And there are 4 apple trees on my property. I haven't a clue what variety they are. I don't spray them and they are covered in scabs, but once peeled, they still make a good pie. Apples I don't know the names of I'm calling "Antique". Stay tuned!