First Green

Originally the plan was to paint in an apricot orchard this morning. But it was raining and snowing. Then blue skies showed up this afternoon, so I decided to meander about and see what I could find.

I went to the orchard, but couldn’t get inspired. Orchards are wonderful, but too “regimented” to get a nice painting, it seems. Too orderly! Then I saw what looked like a dog in the distance. Was he friendly? Always a worry for a cat person.

I dared getting closer. Then I realized what it was: a coyote statue! Cool! I wonder where I could get one?

Orchards in bloom are such a thrill to see — but tough to paint. A few years ago a much-respected senior member of Oil Painters of America was giving a workshop here and I asked him what his secret was to paint a good orchard picture. “I DON’T!” was his reply.

So I took off down a nearby seasonal road and ended up painting this view of the early bits of green. The raindrops held off just long enough for me to whip this one out.

“First Green” — plein air field study in oil on wood panel 8 x 10″ by Margie Guyot

1 Comment

  1. you know who does orchards to perfection; Vincent. Check out some of his farm painting landscapes, again one more addition and the painting needs repainting. jim g


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