Tuesday, October 29, 2013

On the Rocks

Diane Mannion, On the Rocks, 8x10" oil on linen, plein air.

Rocky Sketch

Another perfect morning painting on Caspersen Beach, Venice!  Endless compositions, colors, shapes, and forms in one location... an artist's dream.

These rocks aren't a natural part of the Floridian landscape, probably added along the shore for erosion protection many years ago.  But they're an inspiring subject to paint... artists are thankful for the form and structure, how they cast light and shadows, and especially how they look submerged reflecting translucent shades of purple and blue.

Give an artist some rocks, throw in sun, surf, and sand... and they're entranced.  Doesn't take much.  It's no wonder paint-slingers often haunt these rocks.


Kathleen Eve Kelly said...

I hope you are putting this in "Harvest of Art"! As I understand the judge is big on Plein-air painting, so you're a shoe in! (In my mind you are!) Of course mine being so "tight" won't be, but I'm going to try regardless. This piece of work Diane is stunning, love the colors, the looseness and how you captured the light. Caspersen Beach agrees with you!

Diane Mannion said...

Kathleen, you're so good for my ego! I already put two in Harvest of Art, one is an enlargement of a plein air and the other is a waterlily painting. Yes, Caspersen is wonderful along with the whole Gulf Coast of Florida! Love it here.