Thursday, July 26, 2012

Venice Beach, July

Diane Mannion, Venice Beach, July, 8x10" oil
      Venice Beach, Florida.   The sky was a little hazy because of all the Sahara dust.  Vast clouds are traveling across the Atlantic, causing gorgeous sunsets, adding soil to the Amazon rainforest, limiting the formation of hurricanes, and causing breathing problems for a few poor souls.  Never knew this!  About a billion tons of the stuff swirls high above us every year! 
      Here's a photo of my paintbox sprinkled with Sahara dust:
      And here's a photo of a cicada that flew into another artist's green paint:

6 comments:

Gwen Sylvester said...

Sublime images of Summer!

Katherine Thomas said...

This is a special beach painting, the way the trail leads to the ocean, and the colors that you used set it apart from other beach scenes, I think. It's uniquely beautiful! Nice job!

Sheila said...

Your painting looks beautiful, Diane! And I am glad it was not a horsefly. For some reason the idea of a massive fly landing on my palette grossed me out. :)

DMannion said...

Thank you, Gwen! I'm lucky to live a few minutes from these great painting spots.

DMannion said...

Katherine,thank you for your comment! I could paint 100 paintings from this one spot. It never looks the same.

DMannion said...

Sheila,thank you for commenting. I think it's a cicada disguised as a scarab. The Egyption symbol of creation. May your bug bring you lots of painting luck!