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, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter!

Gift Lilly, watercolor 4X8

Have a Happy Easter everyone!

Peace for the world, and for those would needed proof.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Odds and ends from sketch books

America's Cup Trials, 3X5" watercolor
 Last summer we had the America's Cup trials in preparation for the real thing. It was too scenic to pass up! Had to watch it live on local TV to actually see anything. They had boats in the water broadcasting the action.

America's Cup Trials, San Francisco Bay, 3X5 watercolor
This is the truely pocket sized Moleskin watercolor book. It is so cool! It's wonderful quality paper, a sturdy cover with rounded corners, an elastic strap to hold it closed, and a pocket inside for whatever. I highly recommend these to keep with you at all times to get those snapshots of moments.
Oh, come on cat! In or Out!, 3X6" pen and ink
Who with cats hasn't been through this. Have you ever tried to convince a cat that you CANNOT MAKE THE RAIN STOP! Then they give you that look.

Gallery visitor, 2X4" pen and ink
Last summer I did my turn in the city gallery, and this was one of the visitors that came in that day. It's a high traffic spot, so there were all sorts of interesting people, but some just move too fast.
Bistro, 4X5,
Gnarled Tree, 4X5
House on the Park, 4X6                   

Hmm, I was trying to line three up, side by side. Sigh. Defeated. Well, it was a lovely day in Pleasanton last summer.

Tyko Drum performance 4X6
 This was a fundraiser for the city gallery and there was art and performance all evening. This group was well choreographed and very exciting. I caught a few of their poses and moves, but you can't see the precision of them all doing these moves and drumming together. I hadn't been at a live Tyko performance for a long time, it was great!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Landcape practice

Ok, I guess I've got to get out more! I'm painting landscapes from photos and the weather is starting to get nice, no excuses. Well, lots of excuses, no good reasons.

Arizona Weather, oil, long and narrow
Well, that was pure laziness, I didn't get up and go measure it. It's about that high, and longer horizontally.
Anyway, working from a photo in an old Arizona Highways. Remember those? When I was a kid I never saw the point, we were in Arizona all the time. When I close my eyes I can remember the smell of rain on the way. (I am rather please with the cacti.)

Winter, acrylic
Nope, now it's too purple. The trees look like little soldiers, but sometimes they do and you have to give them variety. Next.

Glen/Loch 8X10 oil
This has been in the works for several days. The right side will get more texture in the grass and make the ledges more irregular. Etc. It's a loch in Scotland, and it was just too beautiful to not paint it.

The Road to Helms Deep, 8X10 oil
Todays work.
This is from a photo taken either by Forrest or Sara. They both take great pictures and it wasn't labelled. They live in NZ now and they climb everything that goes up. They also take spectacular photos.
The spot in the middle ground was on my camera, not the picture. It's still all pretty near medium value and light value, the darker values will give it more punch. The little green bits in the foreground are actually full grown trees! The scale on this one is amazing.