"Pink Cyclamen" -- oil on canvas 24x24" -- Margie Guyot
Weeks ago I'd bought this beautiful plant at Pine Hill Nursery, meaning to use it in a still life painting. And I was super-busy, what with finishing up planting bulbs, putting away lawn furniture, etc. Every time I'd go into my studio, I'd look at this plant and wonder how I'd set up a still life. Cyclamen are kind of touchy plants. It was loaded with buds, but it could die at any time.
Finally a few days ago I pulled out a favorite vintage cloth, threw it onto the table and set the plant down. Aha! And the more wrinkled the cloth, the better!
The sun was only out for a couple days, so I really tried to make note of how it looked. And all those doggone leaves! Oy vey! Thought I'd go mad. Really, making a successful painting requires learning how to control one's panic. Just keep calm and plug away. If something doesn't look right, wipe it out and try again. I do go through a lot of Viva paper towels, by the way.
I think it's a shame that they just don't make tablecloths the way they used to, don't you?