“Birdhouse in the Blizzard”

“Birdhouse in the Blizzard” — plein air field study in oil on wood panel 8 x 10″ by Margie Guyot

I’d been doing grunt-work all morning in the studio — painting edges — a thankless job. Meanwhile a blizzard was raging. I looked out the window and saw this birdhouse in the tamarack tree and thought it would be fun to paint. I don’t think any wrens have ever built in that house. I don’t remember the last time I heard a house wren, sadly. But maybe a pair will show up this spring and move in.

I sat inside the nice, warm studio and painted the view through the window. Here’s the actual scene:

I celebrated finishing this by shoveling the path to the house and putting away laundry. And having a cup of coffee. Now…..back out there!


      1. At least it’s not projecting and tracing a photograph. Which a lot of people are doing. And some of the most prestigious shows are calling works “plein air” just because they’re landscapes! Never mind the work was done inside, working from a photo! Ya just can’t win…..


      2. Please know my comment was not negative. I thought it was genius for you to get such a great outdoor painting from inside your studio! Why be cold and wet when it isn’t necessary.

        It just made me laugh thinking about the terminology. So sorry it seemed I was being negative. I always love your work!

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