Diane Mannion, Woman With Colors, 8x6" oil
Venice Art Center's portrait studio started the new season yesterday with this beautiful model. Painted this on top of a half finished plein air landscape turned sideways. I liked the colors (the reds are an underpainting, and the light yellow and blue above her head are the sky and the Gulf's horizon. The scene was in Boca Grande, some palm trees show on the left.) Pleased with how the colors gave the portrait personality and spirit, the background took on a new meaning and I'm glad I didn't paint it out. Also left the thickly painted brushstrokes alone without much blending... pushing technique.