Monday, January 2, 2017

One Cool Kid

One Cool Kid, 6x6" oil,  ©Diane Mannion

#2 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Loved how the light played on the sandy beach and how hot color looked in cool shade.  Although it's a snapshot taken of my granddaughter, I didn't want to paint a portrait... made her hair darker for dramatic effect and left out the wild and colorful polka dots on her swim shirt.  Simply borrowed the figure and the situation.

 Lost over 7500 reference photos after my computer was hacked a few years ago, another reason I feel compelled to work with snapshots that keep calling to me.  Not that I copy them, I change a lot, exploring the range of visual possibilities.

Painting at block-in stage.  Adding the blue blanket helped!

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