Sunday View, 8x10" oil, Diane Mannion
Polished Plein Air
Only spent a few minutes slashing out a quick impression last Sunday. Wanted to take it further back in the studio.
Here I am painting this view, hanging onto the umbrella in gusty winds.
(Thanks for the photo, Jane Sither).
This is what I came home with but wanted to say much more. Blotted with paper towel to remove excess paint and let it dry for a few days before working over.
I had been dazzled by the orange-red sun burning through the sea grape leaves and how the Gulf sparkled bright and green through the dark foreground. Loved the relation between the three palms, foreground, middle ground, and distance one. My sketch needed to be pushed further. Photo ref didn't do this scene justice, had to rely on memory and imagination.
Most difficult part was keeping it simple, there's such a temptation to paint every leaf, had to hold the masses together. Every painting's a struggle, but I think I learned something from this exercise that will help me next time out in the field (beach).
Hasty thumbnail sketch! Left out the figure on the right standing next to the surf.
Hmmm… would it be a better painting if I added him?
Sometimes, you just have to stop and move onto the next.