Thursday, December 13, 2012

"100 Game Pieces, No. 1" Monopoly Jockey & Sheltie

6x6 Oil

A few weeks ago I got together with some friends and had a wild night of playing Monopoly!   I noticed that the pieces to the game would make great little weekly paintings.  So I have decided to do a series of 100 game board pieces!  This should be fun and very challenging once I run out of painting all my favorite games....  If you are interested in purchasing click here...  Stay tuned for more!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Pen & Ink Commission

Pen & Ink Sepia

Above is a Pen & Ink drawing/wash that I am currently working on.  I still have a little more detail to add to the face and shirt with sepia washes.  

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Large Commission Sunrise Landscape

A  good friend of mine commissioned me to paint a large 2 panel piece painting for a particular area in his living room - specifically exhibiting the landscape that surrounds his house.   He lives north of Bath, PA near the Pocono Mountains.  Rick has been so wonderful to work with and he has given me creative freedom to design the painting as I wish -- for an artist that's a good thing!

On two separate occasions,  I ventured out to his neck of the woods to shoot this particular vantage point -- first time was in the evening at dusk and the second visit was early morning sunrise.   There is still more work that needs to be done in the foreground -- painting details of the cornfields and the road to the right.   Please stay tuned for more work and the completion of this huge painting!

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Original Oil Painting Salt Marsh Storm

18 x 18 Oil on Canvas

There is something peaceful about watching a rainstorm in the distance!  I was fortunate enough to capture this vantage point with my digital camera on a hike through Gordon's Pond last summer.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Trip to Denver Colorado

Alyson B Stanfield & Dianna

I took a five day trip to Denver Colorado last week to reconnect with old friends and explore the Art Community in the City.  On my first day, I was fortunate enough to spend time gallery hopping with Alyson B. Stanfield - an Artist Advocate / Consultant and my Art Coach.  (for more info on Alyson visit her site ) What great company and perfect day for looking at art!

I just have to share briefly about two Gallery's we visited that had amazing work -- Walker Fine Art Gallery and Ice Cube Gallery.

At the Walker Gallery there were two Artists that stood out for me - Painter Udo Noger and Sculptor Kazu Obo.  They both work in different mediums -  pigment on paper and ceramic & wood sculpture.  I found that their work was complimentary to one another by the use of monochromatic colors and organic shapes found in both paintings a sculptures.  Beautiful art!

Udo Noger - pigment on paper.
There were 15-20 paintings from this artist.
All of them were painted with shades of White
Pigment and Charcoal. 

Kazu Obo  - Wood

The second gallery we went to was Ice Cube.   The featured artist was Photographer Amber Fries.  Her work captures a space trapped in between worlds - distorted figures floating in water.  Pretty cool stuff!

Amber Fries - photograph

Just wanted to share these photos on my blog before I start painting today.  Thanks so much for looking!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Salt Marsh in Delaware small oil painting

6 x 6
Oil on panel

I did this little daily painting the day before I left to Denver, CO last week.  I was going through some of my digital photos of Wetlands that I shot this summer off the coast of Delaware.  This particular area was in the Gordon's Pond State Park near Rehoboth Beach.   It's a place where stunning views of  marshes and vanishing landscapes can been seen -- especially if it's a sunny day!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fog and Mist on the water Original Oil Painting

36 x 36
Oil on Canvas
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This is one of my all time favorite paintings I've done this year!  I was invited to participate in a PLEIN AIR PAINT-OUT Festival in Rehoboth Beach, DE last Spring - This photo was taken at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge -- it was my first time there and I was completely overwhelmed with the scenery that I shot over 1000 photos that day!  It's such a GORGEOUS area and a PERFECT place for  photographers and painters!  I highly recommend it for anyone who is creative or enjoys nature!

This piece has inspired me to paint more foggy - misty scenes with vanishing tree lines and mountains in the distance.  I am currently working on two large scale works that are similar to this one -- will show more as they progress....

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Dog Portrait in Ink

Pen & Ink Wash / Sepia

This is Rookie - an adorable mix of Papillion and Long Haired Chihuahua.  This little guy has such a charming and playful personality that his Mother Terry can't help but spoil him!  He has been officially crowned "The Master of the House"! His portrait is proudly displayed on the wall in his Florida home where he lives happily with his Mom's and 7 catsters.

This was a commissioned piece....

Monday, October 1, 2012

Key Bridge in Georgetown - Washington DC

Key Bridge
Oil on Canvas
40" x 60"

I was hired to paint the Key Bridge located in Georgetown, DC for a specific location above a Fireplace Mantle.  It took me several months to complete this piece due to the complexity of the architectural structures and the detail throughout the painting. My client mailed me a box of swatches from furniture fabrics, floor color and texture to paint samples of  the wall color where the painting would hang.  Along with specific photos to reference and suggestions on the palette - colors to avoid and colors to include.   Even though it took me quite sometime to finish this piece the overall process was one of the easiest commissions I've had for this scale.  It's such a beautiful bridge that I would like to paint it again in the near future -- I envision a large scale canvas depicting an early morning mist enveloping the bridge with minimal detail and soft shades of blues, pinks and yellows.......

To be continued....

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Mist Of Illusions
24x36 Oil on Clay Board
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I was given an opportunity to showcase my work in a local Gallery on the Southside of Bethlehem - Fox Optical & Gallery on 3rd Street.   It is currently on display from now until October 27th.  The painting above is one of my favorites and the last one I painted from this body of work; Winds of Change   My intention was to explore the dragonfly's nature and it's mystical meanings through a series of paintings and drawings.

There petite bodies are designed with special facets that reflect and refract beautiful colors of the sun - the bright colors take time to develop, expressing the idea that with maturity our own true colors come forth.  In Japanese culture they represent joy and new light.  The Native Americans believe the Dragonfly Totem guides one through the Mist Of Illusions to the pathway of transformation....

Stay tuned to view more paintings from this body of work.....

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Thursday, September 27, 2012


11x14 - Sepia 
Pen and Ink Drawing/Wash  
Watercolor Paper

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I have had a tremendous amount of opportunity come into my life since my last blogpost in February of this year -- it has been exhilarating!   I've been very creative in my studio over the previous 6 months and have lot's of exciting changes occurring in my Art Business.  I'm looking so forward to sharing all of my progress with you as it unfolds.

 I was invited to exhibit my new work at a local Gallery on the Southside of Bethlehem,  Fox Optical and Gallery.  It is currently on display now through October.  As I was preparing for the show I was compelled to step outside of my comfort zone as a landscape painter and create a body of work that was original and symbolic.  I chose the Dragonfly.  For those of you who have been following me, you're aware that I have been painting the Dragonfly on and off for the past several years.  It's always been a subject that I've been drawn to - mostly for their symbolic meanings but also for their brilliant colors and reflections of light that bounce off their little body's.

The artwork above, REFLECTIONS, was one of the first pen and ink drawings I created for this grouping.  For me, the Dragonfly standing in the water symbolizes the two realms they inhabit - air and water. The reflection of the Fly represents illusions and change; that things are not what they seem....

Please stay tuned for more paintings from this body of work and much, much more.  I will be posting on a weekly basis from this moment on....

Saturday, February 11, 2012


oil on masonite - study

I am playing around with reflective circles of light in the background -- more to come.... if interested in purchasing please email me.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Study of Dragonfly

My intention in this study was to play with movement and soft shades of color by using different shaped circles of light in the background.  I'm open to any comments......