"Cheese Pumpkin" -- oil on canvas 12x12" -- Margie Guyot
"Baby Boo" -- oil on canvas 12x12" -- Margie Guyot
Once again I've fallen behind on my posts! Life is FULL. The weather here along the NW coastline of Michigan has been balmy, compared to previous years. We've even had a few sunny days, which I've used to squeeze in a few more plein air paintings of the pumpkins. I wish I could say I had grown all of them, but the deer population here would never allow it. No, these are "store-bought" pumpkins from a farmstand in Traverse City. I never cease to be amazed at the varieties! All they had when I was growing up were the big jack-o-lantern types.
To paint pumpkins, I've been plopping them in the grass in front of my studio, setting up the Soltek easel and Bestbrella and sitting in my lawnchair. Usually I stand when painting, but maybe I felt lazy. And I always, always use a little viewfinder to see my compositions.
Most of the time it would be sunny when I'd begin; often the clouds would roll in at some point and I'd lose my strong sunshine/shadow patterns. And the temperature would drop very quickly. Good thing I paint fast!