Diane Mannion, Amber and Lime, 3.5x2.5"oil on linen
Snippet Series #11
What sparks a painting? What catches my eye and makes me want to grab my brushes? Yesterday, it was walking by an unusual word on a bag of fruit... Pluots. Just had to do a painting with that title. Today, it was the color of amber glass next to a slice of lime. Visually delicious!
It can be the beauty of the Gulf, water reflections, people, objects, flowers, animals, just about anything...or simply color and light. It's not what I paint but how I feel about it. It's the visual spark that gets me started and then while painting, the process of discovering color, light, and shapes I never noticed before. How light bounces around the subject, and color bleeds to the next object, transparency, translucent glass. That's probably why I enjoy painting bottles, glass magnifies color's playfulness. And the stars of the show... reflections and highlights!