Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dunes Towards Two Sisters


Dunes, Towards Two Sisters, 9x12" oil, plein air, ©Diane Mannion

Venice Dunes

Brilliant morning painting in the dunes near Sharky's in Venice.  Another red, yellow, blue, and white limited palette, but used red iron oxide for sketching and underpainting.  I like how a touch of the red oxide tones down greens.

Middle of May and easy to see season's over here, only a handful of people on the beach, sweet relief.  While snowbirds have headed north, a couple of crows circled and landed nearby searching for nesting material. The same crows visited me this morning again, will remember to bring a few crackers tomorrow.  They'll have starring roles in future paintings, loved the shock of black against the sand, and their bird shadows as they flew overhead.  

Got a good start on another painting this morning and will go back to finish it early.  

Location shot (I love my job!)

2 comments:

Julie Ford Oliver said...

You are so good at keying the color of the light to the whole painting. I can see why you love your job...you are very good at it!

Diane Mannion said...

Thank you, Julie Ford Oliver! It's only red, yellow, and blue... but still a mystery. That's what makes painting so addictive.