Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Diane Mannion, BIOSWALE, 9x12" oil on linen, plein air
Morning Study

A bioswale is a ditch dug to help control pollution from storm runoffs.  This one was filled with blooming purple iris, a plant that helps slow the flow of water so that it filters into the ground rather than rushing out to sea.  The bioswale is behind the two cabbage palms where we painted this morning in the parking lot of Bay Preserve.  

Having a difficult time keeping my leafy landscapes simple.  I'm an artist in transition (maybe simply growing pains) torn between realism, tonalism, and impressionism.  But whatever the ism... painting outside is both a pleasure and a complicated challenge. 

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