"White Poinsettias" -- oil on canvas 36x36" -- Margie Guyot
I love painting poinsettias! Every year about this time, I yearn to find them for sale again. I live in a rural area in NW Michigan and about the only place you can find them is in the grocery store. Last year when they had poinsettias "3 for $10", I snapped some up. Red, white, pink -- I love them all! For fun, I thought it would be an interesting challenge to paint white poinsettias on a white tablecloth. Which I did last year. But there was something that troubled me about the painting. It looked too blah!
So I set it up on the easel last week and every time I'd walk by, I'd look at it, trying to imagine how to "fix" it. Finally I got the inspiration to darken the background and paint in a box of antique ornaments. I have lots of old ornaments (of course you'd know I love old, weird things!). I liked the way the ornaments looked IN the box, so I painted the whole thing, as-is. Hard? Of yes, of course it was hard! But it was a cold, rainy, dreary week and it was that or clean closets.
I really like the look of the box of ornaments. I think I'll be doing another big still life with several boxes of ornaments, maybe a couple small poinsettias, a plate of cookies -- and.....?