Visit to the Apricot Orchard

Margie Guyot Art

“Apricots in Bloom – King Orchards” — plein air field study in oil on wood panel 8 x 16″ by Margie Guyot

This morning I went over to King Orchards with a painting buddy to do my “obligatory spring orchard painting”. It’s kind of a joke among us plein air painters about painting orchards in bloom. They’re murderously difficult to get a “decent” painting out of, what with all the trees all lined up like rows of soldiers. Artists are always looking for “artistic flow” and it’s frustrating when everything is so, well, predictably orderly.Excuses, excuses! But every year my painter friends and I speak wistfully all winter long of beautiful, sunny, warm days out in the orchards.

A couple years ago while taking a workshop from a highly revered member of Oil Painters of America, I asked him what his secret was for executing a successful orchard painting…

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