Tamaracks – Early November

“Tamaracks – Early November” — plein air field study in oil on canvas — 18 x 24″ by Margie Guyot

Another fabulous day here in northern Michigan! Sunny and close to 70. Gentle breeze. Wind chimes clanging. Truly paradise! Rain returns tomorrow, of course. I didn’t have to go far to find a good spot: these tamaracks are right along my driveway. Quite luxurious — I could mosey in to get coffee, check emails, call friends, etc. Rarely is it ever this easy or convenient!

Tamarack trees (a.k.a. “larch”) turn a golden caramel color in the fall and drop their needles for the winter. And the sky was spectular as well. I’ve always loved those “polka-dotty” clouds, so it was the perfect combination to paint today. I really need to do more cloud paintings.

I just happened to have a frame for this canvas. I found it in a Re-Store shop a year or two ago. It was grimy as hell, but after scrubbing it with Murphey’s Oil Soap several time, its natural wood color shone through. I think it goes quite well with this painting, don’t you?

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