THIS MORNING, 6x8" oil on canvas, plein air, ©Diane Mannion
Manasota Key Beach Path
Found another shady painting spot this morning. Had a delightful time watching sunbathers heading to the surf. Folks always ask, how do you paint in the Floridian summer heat? Doesn't bother me at all, as long as I find shade. Afterall, even on the hottest days, tourists bake in the sun.
THIS MORNING was painted on an old portrait I was ready to toss, but instead, turned upside down and painted over... recycling!
Here's my setup with the upside-down portrait, black and white thumbnail sketch, and block in stage.
Also two photos of the finished painting: Top one taken outside in the shade, south side of the house. Found the colors too warm! Took bottom one north side in the shade, which matches the painting perfectly. I'll try working with those south side, warmer colors sometime, like the way they reflect the heat of the day. The cooler version is close to the way things really looked, but the warmer version has emotional heat.