"Hay Bales" -- plein air field study -- oil on canvas 8x16" -- Margie Guyot
As I drove into the Maple Conservancy (north of Traverse City, along US 31), I spied this big hay bale in the field of spotted knapweed. Aha! It "spoke" to me. I love spotted knapweed when it blooms -- a soft lavendar. Maybe some view it as a pest, but I think it's spectacular. Most of my yard at home is full of it.
This haybale seemed almost to "glow" in the blazing sunlight. I was fascinated.
Over the years I've learned to always pay attention to whatever strikes me as "amazing". That's what I have to paint. If I don't feel amazed by something I'm trying to paint, it shows in the painting. Once in a while I won't see anything amazing, so that's when I'll paint a view of a parked car.