Monday, August 11, 2014

Outside Sketch

Outside Sketch, 6x9" watercolor, plein air, ©Diane Mannion

Plein Air Still Life!

 This little sketch is a first for me.  Clipped some flowers from the garden, set up a still life outside in the sun, and painted it with WATERCOLORS! 

Forced me to paint faster because the light and shadows moved rapidly.  Wanted to keep it loose, which is difficult for me.  Guess I'm more of a control freak and love getting lost in details.  Accidents are wonderful in watercolor... I don't give them enough of a chance.

Not comfortable with the wet into wet techniques, will have to experiment more.  My experience with watercolor as an illustrator was working in transparent layers, painting wet over dry and controlling the bead, the wet edge of the paint as I applied it.

#100!  One-hundred paintings so far this year and getting close to 1000 since I began blogging in 2008.  962 posts with a painting for each post, to be exact.  Only 38 to go!


Wendy Barrett said...

What great posts to catch up on since my return Diane. Your blog is a wealth of information and inspiration. Love this still-life and I also love your orchids!!
I also loved reading about the workshop you took.

Diane Mannion said...

Glad you had safe travels, Wendy! Will be looking for the influence in your work. Thank you for your nice comment and for reading my blog!