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

Saturday, May 5, 2012

While the oils are drying...

Silly me, I have three oils going right now. When I get exasperated at one, I move to another.  There are any number that I thought were finished. I take a look at them in on the computer and OOOPs. Why didn't I see that? It's the same as stepping away for a few days. You suddenly see what it needs. At least some of what it needs. That can be exasperating, but revealing.

Taking a break while pictures dry, I picked up the pen and ink. I need practice in portraiture, and there's so much to learn. (To cheap broke to pay for classes) Or something. Not wanting to offend anyone, or make them sit still, I thought of trying photographs of long gone composers. These tend to be old and grainy, to simplify values and shapes. They also tend to have lots of character in their faces.  So far I've done about eight, but these two are the only ones that anyone will see:
Toscanini 5X7

You should see Rimsky-
Korsakov. Well, no you
shouldn't. He looks like
a walrus in my version.
"Do over!"

I feel especially embarrassed about Bernstein, he's a handsome man and I grew up on his wonderful music. OK, that's another do-over.

Last weekend was really cool. On Saturday there was an Artists Flea Market in Pleasanton. I also did some painting, it's a very picturesque town.
After church on Sunday a ran back to finish up and take a picture with the light "just right" (I forgot on Saturday). On the drive back I passed through Sunol, another painters dream, and decided to paint some more. There was a group of painters on the street! I parked nearby and painted a different scene.
For lunch I waddled across the street to pick up a sandwich and soda, passing near the group of painters. I thought I recognized one. Yep, I stopped and said a brief hello to Mark Monserrat! He was working with this group! They all had great pictures going too! He's an upper level instructor at San Francisco's Academy of Art University. I've been there(she a model).


  1. Hello Dianne:) So, I had my laughs for today! I love the way your writing!!! So funny:) Your pencil drawings are great! I'm sure your "do overs" where great too!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Renate. Glad you liked the sketches, and the text. Can't give up when things don't turn out right the first time.