A Rare Sunny Day

“Farmstead on Scott Road” — plein air field study in oil on birch panel 8 x 10″ by Margie Guyot

We’re so used to endless days of dark skies and blowing snow that when the sun finally comes out it’s almost annoying! What is that bright light? I threw my paints into the truck and took off to see what I could find to paint.

“Edge of the Field — Mullen” — plein air field study in oil on birch panel 8 x 10″ by Margie Guyot

Mullen is a wonderful native plant. A biennial, it has impressively large, velvety leaves in the summer. Mullen leaf tea is a great remedy for congestion. I liked how stately it looked all dried-up in this field.

“Winter along Bennett Hill Road” — plein air field study in oil on birch panel 8 x 10″ by Margie Guyot

I love Bennett Hill Road! Whenever I’m at a loss as to what to paint, I get on Bennett Hill Road. Winter is my favorite time to paint this spot. Summers — not so much. There’s a big cattle yard to the right and boy — when that wind shifts, it could knock you over!

Had an “oops!” moment today. Good thing it didn’t get into my hair!
“Bennett Hill Road, West of Mitchell” — plein air field study in oil on birch panel 8 x 10″ by Margie Guyot

Some spots look better in winter than in the summer. This is one of them. I love this area for all the hills and grand vistas. This isn’t too far from Lake Michigan as the crow flies and there are lots of glacial hills. Grand vistas. Creeks. Lakes. Great for painters and mushroom hunters. Maybe not so much for farmers…

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