Diane Mannion, First Street and Palm, 8x10" oil on linen
Painted in Boca Grande for an hour and a half yesterday, unfortunately the spot where I set up was covered with white shells that set off a blinding glare. Lesson learned... beware of glare! Painted with sunglasses in the next location but eyes were too burned out from first. Was a wipeout but enough information gained to work up a studio version.
I painted this because I loved the blue shutters and the turquoise flower pot on the porch. It was a pleasure pulling it together in the studio... like a flash back to illustration days. Tighter and more fussed over than a plein air, but I'm happy with the sunny effect and how I captured the charm of the neighborhood.
A white cat scooted by while I painted, a baby iguana crossed the road, and a nice man said, "Fine job, that's my favorite house!" Folks were riding by in golf carts heading to the beach, busy town even though it's off season.