Fishery Truck, 8x10" oil, plein air, Diane Mannion
Placida Fishery is a tiny old fishing village with colorful cottages and boats. Not many places with "character" left like this, and with the property for sale, it may be high rise condos soon.
Fishery Truck is a two day plein air painting, started last week with an Englewood group and finished today with the Peace River Painters and the SRQ group. Could paint with different groups almost any day of the week around here!
Painted this scene because I was struck by the light patterns on the grass. And the old red truck. And the cottage's colors... purple, teal, yellow, and a tin roof! What more could an artist want? Had to do a bit of re-landscaping and moved the flower pot into the picture plane. The place was crawling with fishery cats that wouldn't hold still long enough to paint. Did leave the telephone pole out which would have cut the scene in half.
The light on both mornings was exactly the same thanks to our Floridian sun. Ospreys called to each other while artists chatted in the background. Snowbirds caught up with news and shared stories. Towards noon, we gathered around for a gentle critique and admired each others productions.
Went home with a dozen blue crabs for lunch!