Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Morning, Manasota Key

Summer Morning, Manasota Key, 8x10" oil/linen panel, plein air, ©Diane Mannion


Started this painting Sunday morning with a couple of Punta Gorda plein air painters.  Thought I had a pretty good start and would be able to finish it back in the studio.  Afternoon's efforts were wiped out, instead. 
 Sunday morning value stage.
Sunday morning color block stage.
Sunday afternoon WIPEOUT stage.

So headed back and finished it today on location Monday morning.  I've painted here many times tucked off a path in the shade of a seagrape tree... a favorite painting spot!  Could paint this scene every day and it would look different.  
Location, garbage cans in the most scenic spot!

The Gulf's horizon blended into the sky, a sultry summer scene.  Loved hearing tourists say, "Oh! The water's so beautiful!"

I'm glad I didn't give up on this painting after the wipeout!  There's a feeling of reality, VERISIMILITUDE (a favorite word) that can only be captured while painting on location... the importance of field studies!


1 comment:

Kathleen Eve Kelly said...

One big advantage painters have over photographers, is we can simply delete something from a scene we don't like, they have to work around it! Love the word verisimilitude! I've got quite the vocabulary and that one I had to look up! Wikipedia says "verisimilitude" is a philosophical concept that distinguishes between the truth and the falsity of assertions and hypotheses. I like a Thesaurus better which describes it as a noun, with similar words being "realism, believability, plausibility, authenticity, credibility, lifelikeness". Impressed with the word and the work...way to go Diane!