Diane Mannion, Manasota Key Beach, 8x10" oil on linen, 100% plein air
Painted with the Englewood Plein Air Painters this morning... a hardy group, planning on painting all summer regardless of heat and sweaty weather. Wonderful meeting so many artists pushing brushes and loving it. I had painted with them for years but because of some weird email glitch... lost touch. Won't let them go again! And it was delightful painting next to Penny and watching her playful sense of design.
I've gotten into the habit of doing thumbnail sketches before I attack the surface with paint. It helps me see what to focus on and how the darks and lights will form the compostion. Also lets me know what to leave out, in this case, garbage bins on the left! Here's the thumbnail:
May 24th and 25th! That's tomorrow and Saturday folks... I'll be showing and painting at the Boca Grande Invitational! Looks like perfect beachy weather, too. Hope to see you.