Tuesday, November 25, 2014


TRAIL SIGNS, 5x7" watercolor, plein air, ©Diane Mannion

Alligators and Quick Sketches!

Painted with the Punta Gorda Plein Air Artists yesterday at the Charlotte County Environmental Center.  And yes... we saw an alligator, must have been at least 15 feet long and three feet wide in the middle.  No one wanted to stand next to it for scale. 
I was attracted to the signs!  "Do Not Feed Alligators, $500.00 Max. Fine and possible incarceration."  "Do Not Approach Alligators."  An artist asked a park ranger...if an alligator takes a leg... is that considered feeding the alligator?  He told us about a man that lost an arm and had still had to pay a fine because he was feeding the gator.  So he actually lost an arm and a leg!  Didn't happen in this park though.

I've been too busy to blog, so thought I'd catch up by posting a few quick watercolor sketches here:
GATOR POND, 5x7" watercolor, plein air, ©Diane Mannion

 Fisherman, 8.5x11" watercolor, live model, ©Diane Mannion

Englewood Beach Sketch, 5.5x5.5" watercolor, ©Diane Mannion

Dog Pound 1, 8x8" watercolor, plein air, ©Diane Mannion

Dog Pound 2, 6x6" watercolor, ©Diane Mannion
Was not happy with Dog Pound 1, so this is another attempt.  Hot press paper instead of cold, and I like it better.
 Sharon Painting at Bay Preserve, 6x8" watercolor, plein air, ©Diane Mannion
Gusty Gully Morning, 6x8" watercolor, ©Diane Mannion

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