Diane Mannion, BEACH EQUIPMENT, 6x6" oil
The beaches around here are a constant parade of colorful characters. A treat for artistic eyeballs... a wealth of shapes, movement, sunlight and shadows! And the ever changing blue-green Gulf! This is why I love living in Florida.
I paint at the beach often and I take lots of photos. It helps to aim at a friend or relative and actually zoom in on a stranger, an interesting subject totally unaware. Sometimes I swing my camera after a bird and shoot folks on the way, they never know it's them I'm after. I take care when painting from my own reference photos to change people's identities. The woman above was given a facelift, weight, age reduction, and sunburn lightening.
"Good day to go to the beach and watch the tourists burn," a local radio host announces almost every day. I use a lot of cadmium red.