Boca Grande Pass, 8x10" oil, ©Diane Mannion
Boca Grande Pass, world famous for tarpon fishing and HUMONGOUS sharks.
While painting this, a manatee swam by. The huge shape and slow movement was distinct in the crystal clear water. Once kayaked around this point and was thrilled when one swam directly underneath.
Almost July here and HOT! Didn't get out until late morning, stood under the shade of my tiny painting umbrella for about an hour. Got the color notes, memorized as much as possible and finished in the studio. Photo reference was almost useless next to the colors I saw in real life!
What caught my eye first about this scene was the gorgeous, break-your-heart light blue reflection on the water. Turquoise and purple, glorious greens, flecks of yellow all playing in swift currents that flow through this pass.