Artists Statement

I paint as often and as much as I can. I take classes when I can afford it, but the money usually goes to buy more art supplies. This blog is to share the results with you! I am a Work in Progress.

Dianne Lanning Fine

Monday, May 21, 2012

Art of the Blues II, Jazz and Blues Festival

Blue Sax, 8X10 Acrylic
This is from a photo by Lee Brown, he posted it last year for an artist challenge. I have wanted to do it for a long time and I kept picturing it as a study in blue. The announcement of the art show to accompany the Festival here gave me the perfect opportunity to give it a try.

It was tempting to use watercolor, but I kept thinking of oils. So, after some graphite sketching and then studies in Pentel pens in 5 shades of gray, I finally got up the nerve to put brush to canvas. Of course I waited so long that oils would never dry, so it ended up in acrylics.
I've submitted it for jurying, so wish me luck that it will be accepted.


  1. Une très jolie peinture... Je suis certaine qu'elle obtiendra l'accord de votre jury.
    gros bisous

  2. Merci beaucoup! The photographer was very complimentary about the painting, I'm glad it did not embarrass him.

  3. Hello Dianne:) Wow this is beautiful! Very nice and beautiful different tones. Especially the sweater is a nice piece of art! Great job Dianne! Love it:)

  4. Thanks Renate, that was nice of you. I thought a long time about how to keep the background separate from the man, so I did the background with a palette knife to keep the texture distinct. It's amazing how much thinking had to go into this one for me before I even started.

  5. Hi Dianne, beautiful job indeed! A painting that deserve a great success. Ciao!

    1. Grazie Tito. You are very encouraging!