Thursday, June 20, 2013

Venice Beach Walker

Diane Mannion, Venice Beach Walker, 8x10" oil on linen, 100% plein air

Had the pleasure of painting with the Light Chasers Plein Air Painters under the gazebo at Venice Beach this morning.  Blue sky, plenty of shade, cool breeze, no bugs, and delightful artistic company.  It's a perfect summer location for painting with lots of interesting views.  

I'm happy with my Walker painting... decided to leave it 100% plein air instead of touching it up later.  Captures the feeling of the morning perfectly.  Was having so much fun painting, had to force myself to stop before overworking it. 

Decided to add numbers to my titles!  Recently sold one called Venice Beach Rocks... turned out I had used the title before (Venice Beach Rocks, Rocks on Venice Beach, Venice Rocks, etc) and sent the wrong painting to a buyer.  Almost 800 paintings in four years is difficult to keep track of, so to make it easier... 76 Venice Beach Walker is the 76th painting for 2013.  Phew!  Will be painting a new version of Venice Beach Rocks for my collector and it will be titled: 77 Venice Beach Birds!  No, not painting 77 birds... just a few sandpipers and pelicans.

Some of the artists under the gazebo while others were scattered around the area.


shirley fachilla said...

Such nice color and brushwork. And I agree it's delightfully fresh, one of the nicest attributes of plein air.

Celia Blanco said...

Gorgeous painting! The colors are so rich and fresh. Beautiful place to paint!

Diane Mannion said...

Thank you, Shirley. Yes, painting outside is addictive. The more you paint outside, the more your realize how little information is in even the best photos!

Diane Mannion said...

I can't believe how many people are afraid to paint in the "summer heat" in Florida. There are always cool spots if you get out early enough or are by the water. Thank you for your comment, Celia!