Diane Mannion, Bait Boat, Sarasota Bay, 9x12" oil
This painting took a long time to finish. Painted the underpainting in burnt umber and it sat around my studio for a year. Meanwhile, every time I looked at it, I saw something else I wanted to change. So finally... finished it today.
This old boat captured my attention one morning when I was painting at Selby Gardens. It came out of a side channel, the captain waved and headed out to the bay. A cast net was on the bow for capturing either bait fish or mullet. I liked the spray-painted letters and numbers on the side. And loved the turquoise pipe used for a fender. And the way the light lit up the red plastic buckets... oh, joy! And the yellow foul-weather pants... an artist's delight.