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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.

 

Robert by Diane McClary

 

Jeff by Diane McClary

 

Cynthia by Diane McClary

 

Red Turban by Diane McClary

 

Blue Cap by Diane McClary

 

Alaskan Fisherman by Diane McClary

 

Santa Barbara Mission Moonlight by Diane McClary

 

Wildflowers in Full Bloom by Diane McClary

 

Peonies and Summer Fruit by Diane McClary

 

California Poppies at Santa Barbara by Diane McClary

 

Lilacs and Blue Vase by Diane McClary

 

Winter at Snoqualmie Pass by Diane McClary

 

McClary Art Farm by Diane McClary

 

Teanaway Passing Clouds by Diane McClary

 

South Shore Big Bear Lake by Diane McClary

 

Snow at Martha Lake by Diane McClary

 

Seattle Skyline by Diane McClary

 

Pond at Fort Dent Tukwilla by Diane McClary

 

Evergreen Reflections by Diane McClary

 

Early Autumn Snow by Diane McClary

 

Dam Watcher's Old Home by Diane McClary

 

Cabin at Big Bear Lake by Diane McClary

 

Big Bear Lake South Shore 2 by Diane McClary

 

A Patch of Sun by Diane McClary

 

Yellow Shutters Costa del Sol by Diane McClary

 

Winter at Gold Creek by Diane McClary

 

Tukwilla Farm House by Diane McClary

 

Teanaway Valley Winter by Diane McClary

 

Evening Shadows Teanaway River by Diane McClary

 

Snow Shadows Mammoth Mountain by Diane McClary

 

Reflections Duwamish River by Diane McClary

 

Provence Sunflower Field by Diane McClary

 

Old Mansion Costa del Sol by Diane McClary

 

My Farm by Diane McClary

 

Jacques Farm in Provence by Diane McClary

 

Gone Fishing by Diane McClary

 

Golden Fall by Diane McClary

 

Douglas Fir in Washington by Diane McClary

 

Clouds at Vashon Island by Diane McClary

 

Bird Bath and Rhodies by Diane McClary

 

Winter in the Cascade Mountains by Diane McClary

 

Snohomish Pumpkin Patch by Diane McClary

 

Quiet Reflections Duwamish River by Diane McClary

 

Peonies in the Shade by Diane McClary

 

Model at Martha Lake by Diane McClary

 

Lavender Farm on Vashon Island by Diane McClary

 

Flowering Meadow by Diane McClary

 

Cherry Blossoms by Diane McClary