Red Carnations, Pears & Turkey Feathers

“Red Carnations,  Pears & Turkey Feathers” — oil on canvas 24×30″ by Margie Guyot

This may or may not be done. Sometimes a painting needs to sit for a few days. I’ll come back into the studio and see exactly what needs to be done.

Wild turkey feathers are such a hoot to paint! There are many flocks of turkeys roaming the woods here in northern Michigan. Whenever I find a feather they’ve dropped I pick it up. One sits on my truck’s dashboard — my lucky feather. They’re fun to put into a still life setup — the more unruly the pile, the better. The next best thing to leopard!  One of my Detroit-area painting buddies makes fun of my love for leopard. Maybe it’s an “up north” thing. Maybe it’s an age thing. Maybe it’s my love for the jungle. I’ve got leopard everything — from the walls in my bathroom to shoes, gloves, pants, a coat. Anyway — some people go for crossword puzzles — just give me a tangle of turkey feathers to paint and I’m in heaven! The world may be going to hell in a handbasket, but boy — I can conquer the problem of those feathers!

Notice the butterfly candle holder? Found it one day last summer while prowling the junk shops. I find it fascinating to paint! I’ll have to use it again in another painting — and soon! That reminds me — I have a collection of butterfly scarves. Ahhhh…..!

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