"Delphinium" -- plein air field study -- oil on canvas 12x12" -- Margie Guyot
There are lots of plein air groups up here in Northwest Michigan. After finishing "Circus Circus", a large still life, I was ready to go out and do a plein air -- just to clear out the cobwebs. This group, from Jordan River Arts Council, went to a delightful spot in between Charlevoix and Boyne City. The owners of Stonehedge Gardens invited us to come and paint. As soon as I saw this clump of delphiniums, I knew I'd found my subject.
Whenever I go to a new spot to paint, the #1 question on my mind is always what is the most amazing thing here? Loved that blue!
It was hot and sunny. What a day to find my BestBrella was not working right! Doggone. One of the gears was stripped. I had to hold the umbrella in one hand while painting. It's impossible for me to paint with sunlight glaring directly onto my canvas. But I lived. And I found out it is possible to order replacement parts for BestBrella.
After painting this, I wandered inside Stonehedge's funky little gift shop. It's the neatest gift shop I'd seen since New Mexico! Not the usual tourist crap! I found a pair of earrings I'd been looking for for years: bright orange, sparkly, dangly balls! They're my favorites. I put them on although they didn't go with my outfit (a black T-shirt and green man's work shirt).
I also found a magnificent silk shawl, in yellow, with long fringe. Perfect for a still life setup! I'm into spectacular, if you haven't noticed by now. "It used to belong to my mother," the woman told me. Ah -- selling your mother's antique silk shawl? Sacrilege. I paid for it & hurried out, lest she changed her mind.
Oh, and the earrings: I'd completely forgotten I had them on. After leaving Stonehedge Gardens, I stopped in at Farm & Home to pick up a bag of chicken feed. Then into Glen's for a few groceries. People were looking at me funny. Hmmmm....? I got out to the car and looked in the mirror. Hah! I still had on my sparkly, dangly orange earrings! I must have looked like a crazy woman. Oh well. Wouldn't be the first time.