Diane Mannion, WINTER ROSE, 6x6" oil
Gray, cloudy day here in SW Florida, so spent time practicing painting technique. Sometimes, it's good to break out of your usual habits and attempt a different style. "Slap it on thick and leave it alone. Think warm and cool colors, dark and light values. If in doubt blur it out and if all else fails... use purple." These words from a class I taught yesterday were still spinning around in my head. But sometimes, the best painting happens when the analytical side of the brains shuts up and lets the visual side play. This painting is pure practice without worrying about creating a masterpiece (at least not every time).