Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2017 30/30

2017 30/30, Diane Mannion

This is about the fifth time I completed the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  Thanks again to Leslie Saeta, Artists Helping Artists for the motivation.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Safe Space

Safe Space, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#30 of 30/30  LAST ONE!

I understand this particular model comes equipped with built in wi-fi, pedometer, and alarm clock.
(Google maps or Garmin optional.)

Not political... I stay away from that here and on FB and keep it strictly for art.  Actually thought of this idea long before it became popular in our society.  Simply something silly and fun to paint!

What did I get out of painting 30 paintings in 30 days... again, and for about the fifth time?  A stack of paintings some good, some awful.  Sharpened skill.  New ideas for future paintings.  Material for future book!  And a pat on my own back for a job well done.

Any excuse to mess with paint and brushes makes me happy, so this challenge wasn't as torturous as keeping an exercise challenge would have been.  I'm also an illustrator and thrive on deadlines and goals!

Thank you, Leslie Saeta, (Artists Helping Artists) for conducting this motivating challenge.



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Tube Boy

Tube Boy, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion

3 Color Experiment
#29 of 30/30


Painted with limited palette of Naples Yellow Pale, Red Iron Oxide (RIO), and Ultramarine Blue.  Burnt sienna would work just as well, almost the same as RIO but a bit less transparent.

Found a great range of values, and warm and cool hues.  RIO and Naples Yellow Pale made great skin tones with a touch of blue to darken.  Naples Yellow Pale and Ultramarine Blue for wonderful water.

Naples Yellow Pale acted like a warm white giving the painting an even glow.  Kept my brush out of the Titanium white which is a cold white.

Underpainting with RIO which was completely dry before adding next layers.
Second layer
 Mid-values blocked in so final lights of pure Naples Yellow Pale would pop!
I still haven't gotten around to making those famous Richard Schmid color charts (will someday) but this painting experiment was a good way to learn the range of these three colors (and more fun).

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sea U Later

Sea U Later, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#28 of 30/30

A favorite spot to paint on Manasota Key, especially early in the morning (off season's best).  Only problem here... there are a line of garbage cans in front of these palms, ruins one of the best views in the area.  And I have complained.  Will paint them in next time to show what I mean.

Underpainted with thin oils and Gamsol.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Sea View

Sea View, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#27 of 30/30

Sketch of Megan which I changed completely, only the shirt remains the same, simply borrowed the pose.  
horrible underpainting

Second layer with color block in and adjustments 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Surf Collectors

Surf Collectors, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#26 0f 30/30

High key experiment.  Just when I think I have it figured out, it gets more difficult.  Thought I knew all the short cuts and tips, but this one wasn't easy.  Reached a point where I just had to stop.  

I like some things about it, maybe it's just 30 paintings in 30 days burnout.  And I've also kept up with studio commissions which I'll show later, so it's more than 30 paintings.

House's a wreck, yardwork and husband neglected, Shadow not groomed...  ack!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Shell Seeker

Shell Seeker, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#25 of 30/30

This painting was inspired by the sparkling glow of the water bottle!  Doesn't take much to get my brush moving.  Also loved the red and blue outfit.  Worked from another wonderful, random, happy accident photo I snapped at the beach (really should spend more time there).


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sandy Crew

Sandy Crew, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#24 of 30/30

Image inspired by a photo taken in Venice, Florida... there was no sand, just plenty of fountain spray.  Borrowed the figures and set them on a beach, mostly made up fantasy.  

Pleased with the light and color, especially the plastic toys.  The boy on the left painted himself!  Painting was done on a used panel, a recycled portrait.  

 Didn't like it much so turned it upside down.  Oil over acrylic is fine!

Drew compostion in oil thinned with Gamsol.
 Color block-in underpainting.   Could see something happening that I liked better than the portrait. 
Like a gardener, an artist can bury mistakes!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Splash Pail

Splash Pail, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#23 of 30/30

From an old photo that I've used as reference over and over, and every time the painting looks different.

Underpainting sketched on old seascape from a few years ago, which is why signature is upside down on bottom (had signed on top right).  

At this point in my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge... I want it over with and promise never to do it again!  What a long month!  But I will persist, "Self-discipline is everything," quote from art school professor that still rattles around in my brain.  Only 7 more to go......

Sunday, January 22, 2017

I Sorry

I Sorry, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#22 of 30/30.

Crowded beaches are a great place to gather reference material.  While aiming my camera at some seagulls, this intimate little scene appeared at the edge of the photo, an accidental shot.  Loved the intense moment between Mom and boy.  He looked like he was saying, "I sorry" which is how children this young talk.  Bet he was getting a lecture about not throwing sand at his sister.

Attempted to paint fast while not over illustrating, leaving image blurry to suggest movement.  Let brushwork tell the story.  Simplified values to dark, medium, and light as much as possible.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sharon Painting

Sharon Painting, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#21 of 30/30.
 Sharon Yarbrough painting at Artists Acres a few weeks ago when it was so cold she had to wear fingerless gloves.  Always a rare treat to paint folks all bundled up in Florida!

Sharon has done a fabulous job leading our Peace River Painters plein air group!  Many thanks!  Not only is she a tremendous leader, kind person, and super organizer... but also a terrific artist.  Visit her website and check out Peace River Painters, too.  (Sister group of the Light Chasers)

Underpainting sketch on a panel I turned upside down... woman under beach umbrella reading a red book (Sharon's nose wasn't really that red)!  Painting was completed alla prima, wet into wet, all at once.   

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hold On!

Hold On!  6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#20 of 30/30.
Sometimes, when you least expect it something turns out great!  Didn't have much hope for this one but now I like it a lot.  

Almost turned the underpainting upside down to start another.  Hand too small, light and color unexciting.  After working on it for quite awhile... this is how it looked after scraping it off.
I think the magic happened when I added Naples Yellow Light.  

underpainting after many scraps
Painting's mysterious, takes skill, practice, and tons of luck.  The more we paint, the better our chances are for a winner!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Looking Back

Looking Back, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#19 of 30/30.

Another sketch from an old snapshot, this one taken by my daughter,  a classic photo that was impossible to improve on.  I prefer and most often insist on using my own photo reference, but sometimes, family photos are fair game!

Was captivated by the spinning position and outfit.  A little girl walking through an amusement park seemed in awe of the spectacle.  Changed her identity but kept the colorful clothes which I'm sure she picked out herself.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Light Catcher

Light Catcher, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#18 of 30/30.  
So far, the most difficult!  Almost gave up but there was something about it I couldn't let go.  

Figure position taken from old snapshot of Rachael.  Changed everything, even invented a new character.  There WERE sunspots though and that's what I wanted to paint.

First attempted to have figure on beach... did NOT work out.  Shady light of a garden worked best, after all, that's where the original pose happened.  In Brooklyn, in a cemetery...  Actually, it was a great place to go for a walk, lots of sculpture to check out in this famous, historic location, Greenpoint Cemetery where some of our ancestors reside.  Rachael was not impressed.

An early attempt...   Was going to call it Line in the Sand.
 Still not working here, but closer once I added garden and sunspots and adjusted proportions.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wave Runner

Wave Runner, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#16 of 30/30.  

Another figurative study like the one I painted yesterday... those waves are challenging!  

Worked from a simple snapshot taken and changed the young woman' appearance to protect her privacy.  Even if I had asked her to pose there's no way she could have held this position, rough seas that day! 

Underpainting in red iron oxide and Gamsol.  Burnt sienna works just as well.  As with all of these 30/30 studies, underpainting was dry before working over.  But could also have been worked alla prima or all at once, wet into wet.  

Anything can be painted over if thick paint is used and the angle of the brush is more parallel to the surface than perpendicular.  I like stiff brushes such as Silver Briston which can scoop paint on thick almost like a palette knife.
Here's the color block-in stage of this and yesterday's post. Both painted at same time.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Raft Rider

Raft Rider, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#16 of 30/30.

Painting notes: 

Quick figurative sketch and an attempt to define the basic forms of waves and water.  Not easy, even with photo reference.  What is it about painting water that is so darn difficult?

 Kept values of the "whites" darker so the final splash notes would pop.  After all, white is never really white, even the brightest spots had a bit of lemon yellow added to mimic sunlight.

The underpainting, with basic design and color blocks arranged, was worked with transparent color. Resisted using white.   

For finishing layers, often used Naples yellow light instead of white to lighten colors, which helps avoid the dreaded "chalky" effect.  Found Naples yellow light useful for skin tones and for warmer water colors.  Used white to lighten background color, cool colors recede.
Color block-in stage of this and next post, Wave Rider.  Worked both at same time.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Fran Painting

Fran Painting, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#15 of 30/30.  Half way through 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.  Painful, but really glad I'm doing it.  If I were practicing a musical instrument, this time would HAVE to be done in order to improve or at least keep skill levels up.

Painting practice is the same as an athlete in training for a sport or a musician getting ready for a concert.  These small studies are practice for larger studio paintings.

Fran was painting early in the morning at Snook Haven in Venice, Florida with the Peace River Painters.  The light was spectacular!  Visually rearranged the composition to fit the signs in.  

Loved the term... SLOW DOWN NOW!  The bottom sign read Absolutely NO Dogs.  Johan absolutely obeyed this warning and kept Duke on the outside of this sign!

Underpainting with burnt sienna and ultramarine blue, leaving white of panel for lights.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Running Boy

Running Boy, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#14 of 30/30.  Painted this little guy many times from a snapshot.  Classic running pose!  

While I was taking photos of a Great Blue Heron standing on the beach, this boy and his accomplice rushed over and threw a handful of pebbles and shells at the bird.  HEY! I yelled and off they ran while I captured their escape with my camera.  Painting should be titled, Bad Boy!

Experimented again with minimal values and brush stokes and have learned a lot!  Most difficult was stopping... letting it be "unfinished... or unpolished."  I tend to render the heck out of things, past years as an illustrator coming through.

Underpainting.  Loved the ear color and the shorts which are the only things I left alone.  Thought back leg was too long here, so shortened it.

Friday, January 13, 2017

John's Shadow

John's Shadow, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#13 of 30/30.  At this point, it feels like it will never end!  I keep asking myself, WHY?  Why paint 30 paintings in 30 days?

- practice
-pushing technique
-color mixing
-getting myself to "paint faster, Stupid!"
-exploring new subjects and ideas, even though I'm sticking to figurative here
-remembering the benefits of past 30/30's by seeing how my work improves
-the "hitting your head with a hammer because it feels good when you stop" theory.
-starting New Year off right
-improving self-discipline
-because I'm painting and I just can't stop

Enough whining!  

John's Shadow was painted from an old snapshot taken somewhere near Wilmington, NC while we lived there briefly for one year (realized it was a mistake and missed Florida!).

Left color areas, especially apparent in the sand, as large simple blocks.  Tried to hold values to dark, light, and medium.

Photo reference of John and first layer below.  Painted yesterday's post of Beach Lady at the same time.  Mixed up color for both, skin, water, etc.  Mass production technique!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Beach Lady

Beach Lady, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#12 of 30/30.  Worked on two at once this morning, #12 and #13.  Mixed paint for both at same time.  Experimented with minimalism, used as few strokes as possible, simplified values and colors.  Fought the urge to tighten up and add more details.  It's amazing how little can tell the story.

First layer of Beach Lady, made a lot of changes.
Second layer of Beach Lady and second layer of #13 which I'll report on in next post.