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Those Clouds!

1 month ago   |   By Diane Mannion

Those Clouds! sketchbook watercolor/gouache
Fear of Painting Clouds
Day 24 of 30 paintings challenge
Folks complain that it's too flat in Florida... but we have the most incredible clouds! Clouds like mountains! During an early morning dog walk this week, the sky was filled with drama, huge clouds reflected the sun while soft purple ones drifted below.
Really wanted to capture this scene... but I have a fear of painting clouds! My car was parked in a good spot across a pond reflecting all this glory. Ready for a cloud painting challenge, I snapped open my sketchbook and painted...
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KEEP OUT!

KEEP OUT!

1 month ago   |   By Diane Mannion

KEEP OUT! sketchbook watercolor
Monochromatic Local Color
Day 26/30
This watercolor study started as an underpainting, a grisaille using only Payne's gray but loved how it turned out, so called it finished as is. Was going to build up colors in transparent layers, but this shows the character of the old fish shack... a dark and dreary place. Located on or near the Placida Fishery which is ready to be bulldozed for development. Another small piece of Floridian history soon to be lost.
Found Payne's gray wonderful to sketch with because it can be lifted, lightened, darkened, and reworked...
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Lights Out

Lights Out

1 month ago   |   By Diane Mannion

Lights Out, sketchbook watercolor
First Layer
Day 28/30
Lights Out! A familiar phrase in this part of SW Florida during turtle season. Turn off lights facing the Gulf of Mexico while sea turtle eggs are hatching so they don't travel in that direction, mistaking lights for the moon, and head inland instead of the surf.
The boat on the left was named Lights Out, thus the title of this watercolor sketch. Another monochromatic start in Payne's gray. Thought I'd take it further but liked the way it works as is.Also took the advice from a good painting buddy who said some of the effects might be...
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Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch

1 month ago   |   By Diane Mannion

Neighborhood Watch, sketchbook watercolor30/30!
Hurray!
Last watercolor of the 30 paintings in 30 days! Will give full report soon, right now... it's off to celebrate.
Strada Easel Challenge, and Leslie Saeta's 30/30
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Sweet September

Sweet September

1 month ago   |   By Diane Mannion

Sweet September, 30 sketchbook watercolors in 30 days 30/30!
This isn't the first time I've signed up for a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, a tough decision, difficult at times ... but always worthwhile. My self-induced rule was painting from life in watercolor in a sketchbook. I had used watercolors for many years as an illustrator and wanted to play, instead of work with them.
I've painted with gouache and discovered I could do a pretty awful watercolor and "save" it with gouache. For this series, I kept a bit of gouache handy as an emergency device but wanted to work mainly with...
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Snook Haven Sk

Snook Haven Sk

1 month ago   |   By Diane Mannion

Snook Haven Light, 5.5x8.75" watercolor, plein air
Let It Flow On the Go
Haven't posted since my September 30 sketchbook watercolors in 30 days but have used those sketches to produce studio work, translating watercolors into a large, studio paintings. That 30/30 time and energy wasn't wasted but instead helped energized my creative expression and output. Watercolor, gouache, even pastels have informed the way I paint with oils.
Thrilled to learn that watercolors are a quick and easy way to gather reference material for "serious" work, which means only taking a sketchpad and watercolor box...
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Three Cherries. Watercolor Day 8 of 30-in30

Three Cherries. Watercolor Day 8 of 30-in30

1 month ago   |   By Diane Morgan Paints

Watercolor on Arches cold press. Thank you Leslie Saeta for creating this opportunity and encouragement to create a painting every day for 30 days.
SOLD
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