Wednesday, May 21, 2014

That Path

THAT PATH, 6x8" oil on canvas, plein air, ©Diane Mannion

Painting at Noon

This was the second sketch from yesterday, painted at high noon when the light is flat.  My favorite time to catch the light and shadows is early morning or in the evening... the golden hours.  

And after my lecture on not touching a painting up later... broke that rule here.  Lightened and cooled the background on the left to push it back and brightened the palm tree leaves to bring them forward.  Just a few simple quick strokes, two minutes to make a better painting.  Tempting to rework the whole thing but resisted!  Which do you like better?

Here's how the painting looked before the final touch-up.

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