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, 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!


  1. Hello Dianne:) Question: Why on earth didn't you do these beautiful black and white sketches before??? They are beautiful!!! Stunning really! The drum performance is beautiful. You can feel the spirit!!
    And the cat sketch made me laugh. It's so recognizable. I always say: our autistic cat once again not wants to go inside. Then you have half an hour the door open and he remains a 20 cm. distance, just watching. Grrr
    Please show some more of these sketches. I love it!!

  2. Hi Renate,
    Thanks for you comments! I knew anyone who has lived with a cat would recognize that moment. Cats offer great moments to sketch, even asleep.

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