A Few Sunny Hours

“Kiessel Road, Looking East” — plein air field study in oil on birch panel 8 x 10″ by Margie Guyot

After days of cold, dark soggy skies, the sun peeked out for a few hours. It was just too nice of a day to hole up in my studio, so I went out and did a couple paintings. This first painting (above) is on Kiessel Road, just off M88, south of King Orchards.

“Rogers Road – Looking West” — plein air field study in oil on birch panel 8 x 10″ by Margie Guyot

The clouds rolled back and stayed there when I was about 5 minutes into this one! I painted as fast as I possibly could, trying to remember how colors and shadows looked. Then there’s the problem of photographing later, in dim light. The colors here don’t look quite right. I do have my excuses, don’t I? From this point on west, Rogers Road becomes a “seasonal road”, a quagmire in rainy or snowy seasons. I love this view and have painted it several times. The first time I painted it, the cherry farmer who lives nearby came over to warn me about trying to drive any further. “You’ll get stuck down there!” Everybody looks out for everybody else up here. Last year I was painting on Thanksgiving afternoon, out along a deserted country road. A woman pulled up next to me and asked if I was OK –it being Thanksgiving afternoon and all. Maybe she worried I might be suicidal! “No! Happy as a clam! Just sitting here painting! Thank you!”

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