Still Early, 9x12" oil, plein air, ©Diane Mannion
Started early... Manasota Beach was still quiet, the Gulf calm and a million shades of blue, but didn't take long before umbrellas sprouted and tourists angled for spots facing the sun.
Painted with the Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center Plein Air Painters this morning! Enjoyed the company of so many talented and colorful artists.
Struggled with those darn palm trees. So many colors, so much detail, difficult to keep them simple. My favorite part was playing with the shadows on the path, and keeping them connected to the other shadow patterns across the painting.
"If in doubt, blur it out... if everything else fails, use purple." - quoth me.