Felt Like Doing Plein Air

“Shooks Road” — plein air field study on wood panel in oil — 8×10″ by Margie Guyot

After suffering for over a week with sciatica and a blood clot (!), I finally felt surprisingly good yesterday morning, so off I set to do some plein airs. Summer is on its way out and I hated to waste a single day.

“Hillside – Morning” — plein air field study on wood panel in oil – 8 x 10″ by Margie Guyot

Yes, that’s my painting buddy, Picasso, keeping an eye on his mommy.

“Goldenrod Field” — plein air field study on wood panel in oil – 8 x 16″ by Margie Guyot

Hard to photograph because of the strong sunlight/shadow setup. Maybe I can fix later. Of course there are always little things here and there that could use “touching up”. As you can see, I generally try to find a shady spot to stand in. Whenever I see a vast field of something, it reminds me of the big landscapes of Clyde Aspevig. He can take a seemingly blank field of weeds – nothing there! – and turn it into a masterpiece. Something to aspire to! I remember he’d take our class out into the countryside, park along a road and do a painting of a hillside with a single tree, making it look absolutely amazing. Then he’d turn us loose. We’d be flopping around, scratching our heads, muttering and struggling – exasperated, trying in vain to “make a painting out of nothing“!

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