"Pansies and Fish Vase" -- oil on canvas 24x24" -- Margie Guyot
Ah, pansies! I love them! The colors are irresistable. I had to buy a whole flat of them, in every color, a couple weeks ago at the local nursery, Pine Hill. They remind me of the huge pansy gardens in Nice, on the French Riviera. I was there in 1994, attending a workshop with Janet Fish. Seeing pansies reminds me of that wonderful ten days.
My friend Janet Kondziela gave me the vintage tablecloth when she took her annual vacation to Charlevoix -- in February. Most people find February the month when they'd most like to LEAVE Charlevoix, but Janet finds it very restful.
The fish vase was a resale shop find, as was the rippled glass bowl. I love a good challenge -- and wrinkles and reflections are so addictive! Years ago I realized that I enjoyed painting difficult things (such as wrinkles or reflections) because I could eventually figure them out. I'd set up a tough still life and just get totally absorbed in it. The rest of the world could be going to hell in a handbasket, but by golly -- I could figure out "my own little world". Although I feel so powerless to stop a war, I do feel a certain sense of accomplishment in being able to paint a darn wrinkle!