Tuesday, August 20, 2013
"Caladiums" -- oil on canvas 36x36" -- Margie Guyot
Ever see something that made you want to jump and shout? When I saw these at Pine Hill Nursery, I wanted to do cartwheels (ha ha -- wouldn't that be a sight?). The hot pink was irresistible.
I'll show you a photo of my studio setup. 99.9% of the time I work directly from life.
Some colors (such as pink) cannot be mixed! Mix red and white and it turns into a muddy pink.
I did have a little help now and then from Picasso, my adoring cat. You may recognize him from my previous painting, "Cosmic":
Notice how Picasso's white fur reflects the pink? This has not been Photoshopped. That's another reason why most plein air landscape painters wear black shirts when painting. The light bounces off shirts onto the canvas. It can be a huge problem if one is wearing a brightly colored shirt.
Every painting has its challenges. The hardest part on this one was the pink bowl (upper right). I've painted it several times. And it hasn't gotten any easier!