"Pink Cyclamen on Striped Horse Blanket" -- oil on canvas 24x24" -- Margie Guyot
It's surprising how long I've managed to keep this pink cyclamen alive! It's been what -- 6 weeks? -- since I bought it on sale at Pine Hill Nursery. Every once in a while I'll come into the studio to find it horribly wilted, flowers all laying down. I'll give it some water and within hours, it looks bright and perky again. So I just had to use it in another painting before it finally croaks.
My painter friend, Al Maciag, gave me some horse blankets he'd picked up in a garage sale. I liked this one because of the pink stripes. But I quickly realized how difficult this painting would be! I always love to toss the fabric down onto the work table and let the folds fall naturally. Just try painting stripes on folds! It got to be pretty challenging.
Painting lots of leaves is not my favorite thing to do, but there's not much else to do up here in the far north, in winter. No TV reception, gardening season is over, so it becomes a choice of "do I want to clean house" or paint.