For today’s class, we had to bring in a picture of someone. Anyone. We had to paint a portrait of the picture using only one color — burnt umber. We could use the paint straight out of the tube or thinned with Gamsol. (We’re painting with oils.) Gamsol is a brand of odorless mineral spirits. […]
The 2016 fall semester has begun! I’ve been waiting for this day! I’m taking Intermediate Painting. The focus is on the figure.
On the way to class the other day, I passed a much younger fellow student on the opposite side of the street. He called out, “Hey Diane, how’s it going? On your way to painting class?” He mentioned seeing my fractured self-portrait on Facebook and how much he liked it and I said I also […]
When she’s not at her easel, Diane Dahlke is encouraging and mentoring aspiring and developing artists. She teaches painting in MECA’s Continuing Studies Program. That’s where I first met Diane. I took her Practice of Painting class several times. Couldn’t get enough! Because her lessons still roll around in my head and in the hand […]
Lucy Ellen Smith is not only an exceptional artist, she is an exceptional teacher.I met her several years ago when she and her husband Carroll moved to Maine from Chicago to take care of her mother Fran. Thinking about that, I need to add that Lucy is simply an exceptional human being. She and Carroll […]
This picture was taken a year ago at my daughter’s wedding. It was supposed to be outside, only it rained. She was a beautiful bride. Don’t you love the boots! I want you to squint your eyes when you look at the picture, What do you see? A blur of shapes? Keep squinting and you […]