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Plein Air Workshop (Well kinda)

Plein Air Workshop (Well kinda)

Yesterday a friend and I drove to Bentonsport, IA for a Plein Air Workshop for pastel and oil painters. That is a 2 1/2 hour drive and well worth it for a lesson with John Preston. Unfortunately there was rain and thunderstorms predicted for all day. But John used a...

January Challenge Day 1

January Challenge Day 1

Several classmates from an online class I took are doing a challenge in January to paint a small pastel (5X7 or 8X10) everyday for the month. It is a great way to be disciplined about what Marla Baggetta calls mileage. Putting in the time and not making a piece so...

Catiri’s Art Oasis Fresh Paint Plein Air Event

Catiri’s Art Oasis Fresh Paint Plein Air Event

Labor Day weekend was an annual Plein Air Event in Amana, IA.  Catiri's Art Oasis and a collection of community sponsors make this event a great opportunity for artists.  For two and 1/2 days artist paint in the area and at noon on the third day, all work created...

Digging Ruts at the Des Moines Botanical Gardens

Digging Ruts at the Des Moines Botanical Gardens

Thursday night's Social Irrigation at the Botanical Gardens was lovely. The weather was perfect, the music entertaining and the crowd wandering around delightful. So perfect setup for painting to go well, right? As artists it is easy to fall into ruts that are...

Christmas in July!

Christmas in July!

To celebrate my website going live this week and well just because we all should treat ourselves occasionally......and after trying many different set ups for Plein Air painting I decided to splurge and invest in Heilman Design’s packback size pastel box!  Whoohoo!  ...

Trees

Trees

I am starting an online workshop on trees with Marla Baggetta, and the first assignment was to go sketch trees. So yesterday, I invited my friend Dianne to go sketch trees.

Plein Air Painting at the Park

Plein Air Painting at the Park

I am going to go to a Plein Air painting event with a fellow artist next month who is very talented, but doesn’t do a lot of Plein Air painting. So for our first outing of the season together to warm up for the event last week

Overcoming Fear

Overcoming Fear

Marla Bagetta says that helping students overcome fear, is critical to her success as a mentor and instructor. I’m pretty sure she meant fear of failure or new approaches.

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About Diane

My art is about seeing something of inspiration in nature or in everyday life and then expanding on what I see, trying to say something about it that hopefully will speak to the viewer I will attempt to capture the interplay of light and shadow by simplifying and often modifying the shapes. To be more impactful. In order to encapsulate the mood of the moment, I like to vary the texture and size of the strokes and use bolder colors than you might actually find in my starting reference.

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