Turn Around, 9x12" oil, ©Diane Mannion
Caspersen Beach, Venice, Florida
Even when painting early in summer, it's important to find shade! This often limits the choice of scenic spots. But it's amazing how a place usually overlooked will begin to work when you look around long enough. I had first thought to paint the scene behind me, but the way the light fell across the road in front of me became the subject.
Here's my Strada Mini with a car sunscreen attached with bulldog clips. Even though I have a painting umbrella, I'm getting ready to travel without it. The screen folds and fits into my backpack. Although I was painting in the shade, sun dapples fell across my panel and the screen worked well blocking them out. It's also a useful device to hang beneath the easel to block glare.
Location stage of the painting before studio adjustments.