White Roses on a Blue Hawaiian Skirt

“White Roses on a Blue Hawaiian Skirt” — oil on canvas 30 x 30″ by Margie Guyot

The title seems long, but titles can help specify exactly which painting we’re talking about. I suppose if it were to be totally descriptive, the title would be White Roses on a Blue Hawaiian Skirt from Goodwill. Goodwill: shopping roulette!

Roses, with all those doggone petals, can be quite the challenge to paint. White roses especially. Making them look delicate and fluffy is a tightwire act. It’s far too easy to have them looking like chunks of concrete! I’d like to try yellow roses, but lately they’ve all looked half-dead up here. Holdovers from Valentine’s Day?

Taking a break from the studio – escaping those petals – I walked out to check the mailbox. The sight of melting ice in the driveway and balmy 40-degrees perked me right up! I rushed back, loaded my plein air gear into the wagon and dashed off a quickie.

Gardening season is still a ways off. These days it’s a choice between painting roses — or painting snow.

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