Diane Mannion, Girl Fishing, 8x10" oil on linen
Tweeking Plein Air
A few notes about tweeking plein air paintings back in the studio. There's something fresh about studies done on location and usually I like to leave them as they are. But in the end, it's what makes a good painting that's important. Therefore, I attempted to improve one back in the studio.
This morning I took a look at the first painting I did yesterday and decided to change it. It's a dangerous operation but had to be done. The orange beach bag in the foreground screamed, "Take me out!" And so I did.
Here's the first version and the tweeked one:
Diane Mannion, Morning View Tweeked, 8x10" oil on linen
Took out orange beach bag, detailed forground figure, faded other figures into background, fiddled with sun-struck palm on left, and added a few more lights in the foliage. Lightened some of the shadows.
Does it look any better? What do you think?
Girl Fishing is the second plein air painting I did yesterday and I'm quite pleased with it. Softened a few spots in the background this morning, but other than that it's the way it was created at the beach.