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Diane McClary

Diane McClary

La Quinta, CA

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Painting and teaching are my two passions. I believe that they are equally important and that one feeds into the other. For the past 30 years I have been painting and involved in the study of fine art. The greatest influence on my painting style and process came from Sergei Bongart, the internationally known Russian Impressionist artist, and his colleagues, Ron Lukas, Sonny Apinchapong, and Delbert Gish. In the past, I was involved in attending and sponsoring workshops for the artists who worked with Sergei. For many years, I have exhibited, demonstrated, and taught painting and drawing workshops in Washington, Colorado, California, Florida, France, and Africa. I also organized a tour for artists to visit mainland China and study at the Zhejiang Provincial Fine Art Academy in Hangzhou.

As an Impressionist artist involved in capturing the true color of light in various situations, the majority of my work begins with a small painting executed onsite, or painting other forms of real-life subject matter, such as florals or still life compositions. In my plein air painting, I search for scenes outdoors where the color of light and shadow catch my attention. I will paint quickly to catch the impression on the canvas, and later in the studio, the small sketches will be enlarged to larger paintings. In the larger painting, my desire is to include the excitement and feeling that I experienced in the smaller study. Along with painting landscapes, I enjoy painting still lifes outdoors because of the beautiful color expressed on the subject matter that happens with the natural light.

The paintings that are shown here are a combination of scenes from the Northwest, travel, and more recently the Southwest, including many desert scenes. I prefer to paint with oil paints because of the strength of the color and the flexibility to make changes during the painting process. Each painting follows a practice taught with the Bongart School which involves three steps: first, painting large abstract shapes, which emphasize related strong color and value; second, modeling form for more definition; and third, finishing off with small accent strokes. Achieving beautiful color harmony by relating the various simplified color shapes is the desired final result.

Please visit my website at www.dianemcclary.com for further information about me.

 

Cactus by the Red Mountains by Diane McClary

 

Mining Camp at Superstition Mountain Museum by Diane McClary

 

Barrel Cactus at Tortilla Flat by Diane McClary

 

Morning at Fort Apache by Diane McClary

 

Saguaros at Lost Dutchman State Park by Diane McClary

 

Superstition Mountain Evening by Diane McClary

 

The Pinnacle at Goldfield Mountains by Diane McClary

 

Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay by Diane McClary

 

Venice Gondolier 2 by Diane McClary

 

Venice Gondolier 1 by Diane McClary

 

Santa Rosa Visitors Center Palms by Diane McClary

 

Joshua Tree Study by Diane McClary

 

Joshua Tree Black and White Study by Diane McClary

 

Gold Canyon Saguaros by Diane McClary

 

Early Bloom Joshua by Diane McClary

 

Dawn in La Quinta Cove by Diane McClary

 

Dawn at Joshua Tree by Diane McClary

 

Spring At The Living Desert by Diane McClary

 

Santa Rosa Mountains and Barrel Cactus by Diane McClary

 

Joshua Trees and Cholla Cactus by Diane McClary

 

Desert Morning Light by Diane McClary

 

Morning Indian Canyon by Diane McClary

 

Fish Trap Indian Canyon by Diane McClary

 

Yucca at Joshua Tree by Diane McClary

 

Joshua Tree In Bloom by Diane McClary

 

Late Afternoon Tucson 2 by Diane McClary

 

Poppy Field at Fort Apache Indian Reservation by Diane McClary

 

Pin Cushion Cactus at Boyce Thompson Arboretum by Diane McClary

 

Lupine in Bloom at Boyce Thompson Arboretum by Diane McClary

 

Poppies at San Carlos by Diane McClary

 

Barrel Cactus in Bloom - Boyce Thompson Arboretum by Diane McClary

 

God's Day - Sonoran Desert by Diane McClary

 

Red Flame Ocotillo 5 by Diane McClary

 

Beavertail Cactus 4 by Diane McClary

 

Fort Apache Junction by Diane McClary

 

The Last Light by Diane McClary

 

Afternoon Light - La Quinta Cove by Diane McClary

 

Smoke Tree in La Quinta Cove by Diane McClary

 

Moonlight and Joshua Tree by Diane McClary

 

Three Palms at Palm Desert by Diane McClary

 

Windmill at Keys Ranch Joshua Tree by Diane McClary

 

La Quinta Cove and Moonlight by Diane McClary

 

Sunset by Diane McClary

 

The Shepherds by Diane McClary

 

Three Wise Men by Diane McClary

 

The Star by Diane McClary

 

The Shepherds and The Star by Diane McClary

 

Three Wise Men and The Star by Diane McClary