Monday, March 3, 2014


Diane Mannion, SOS BARRED OWL, 6x6" oil, plein air

Painted with the Light Chasers at Save Our Seabirds near Mote Marine in Sarasota.  This fabulous facility invited us to exhibit and paint on it's gorgeous grounds over the weekend.  SOS is responsible for treating and saving over 2000 birds a year!

This barred owl held perfectly still the entire hour I painted him.  Loved the way the sun glowed through the enclosure lighting up his face.

Here's my easel set up in front of the cage:


Wendy Barrett said...

Wow Diane! I bet not many people have painted birds from life and had them not move the entire time.
Lovely work!

Diane Mannion said...

Thanks, Wendy! Great experience... all the birds in SOS are pampered and look quite content. They would not be able to survive in the wild because of injuries. This one was blind in one eye, would have died a slow death. Many however, are treated and released, thank heavens. Will write about a pelican next post that was able to fly away again.

Wendy Barrett said...

Look forward to hearing about your pelican! I got a nice shot of a pelican recently - it's the last photo on my latest post.
What a great idea it was for SOS to invite you to paint on location.

Diane Mannion said...

Yes, Wendy... it was a treat painting at SOS! Will visit your blog to check out the pelican photo. Pelican paintings were best sellers at this show.

doctoring in arts said...

beautiful painting.. and a cooperative it

Diane Mannion said...

Thank you for your comment, "Doctoring!"