Monday, April 21, 2014

Port Charlotte Beach

Port Charlotte Beach, 6x8" oil on linen, plein air, ©Diane Mannion

Pushing Paint

A treat painting this morning with the VAC Punta Gorda group, but only had half an hour before clouds moved in.  Held onto the shadows and finished from imagination.  Playing with thicker paint and pushing color.  Thinking warm/cool, dark/light.
 Here's my three value thumbnail sketch showing dark, light, and mid-value patterns:
 And this is the block-in stage:
 This just in from VAC Punta Gorda FB page... my setup:


Shirley Fachilla said...

Really like the sense of reflected light on those beautifully composed tree trunks. Our local art center has a wonderful exhibit of Japanese art and the Western art influenced by the same. The composition of rhythmic tree trunks was originally created by Japanese artists. Thought you might be interested in that fact morsel!

Diane Mannion said...

Which art center are you talking about, Shirley? Yes... I'm well aware of the Japanese influence and love it! Thanks for your comment.

Unknown said...

I'm admiring the way you've captured the lighting so perfectly to create the scene. It's beautiful!

Diane Mannion said...

Thanks, Katherine! Glad I held onto the shadows after the clouds moved in. Reference photos could not capture the colors or sense-of-place.

Johnna Schelling said...

I just love the look and overall feel - must be the light! How you do this on location is fascinating and amazing to me. Wonderful!

Diane Mannion said...

Nothing takes place of painting outside... photos just don't show the light and colors. Also forces you to paint faster to keep up with changing conditions. And in this case, the clouds blocked the sun so had to use my visual memory banks. Thanks for you comment, Johnna!