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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.

 

Moonlight Reflections by Diane McClary

 

A Brilliant Sunrise by Diane McClary

 

Sunset on Lily Rock by Diane McClary

 

Summer at Lake Fulmor by Diane McClary

 

Strawberry Creek Idyllwild by Diane McClary

 

Smoke Tree at Box Canyon by Diane McClary

 

Rosarito Fountain by Diane McClary

 

Morning Light on Lily Rock by Diane McClary

 

Moonlight on Lily Rock by Diane McClary

 

Hills at Box Canyon by Diane McClary

 

Gioeli Gardens by Diane McClary

 

date Palm and Fountain by Diane McClary

 

Early Sunrise by Diane McClary

 

Desert Cycles by Diane McClary

 

Flowers From The Garden by Diane McClary

 

Selling Navajo Baskets by Diane McClary

 

Desert Clouds Passing by Diane McClary

 

Angel Clouds and Palms by Diane McClary

 

Palms at Anza Borrego State Park by Diane McClary

 

Prickly Pear in the Desert by Diane McClary

 

Red Flame Hedgehog Cactus by Diane McClary

 

Snow on Mt. San Jacinto by Diane McClary

 

Sacramento Capitol and Roses by Diane McClary

 

Rosarito Beach 2 by Diane McClary

 

Palms and Coral Mountain by Diane McClary

 

Napa Valley Winery by Diane McClary

 

Late Afternoon Century Plants by Diane McClary

 

Joshua After The Rain by Diane McClary

 

Grape Arbor Provence by Diane McClary

 

Desert Mountains by Diane McClary

 

African Pink Flamingos by Diane McClary

 

A Walk At La Quinta Cove by Diane McClary

 

Rosarito Beach Baja by Diane McClary

 

La Paloma Rosarito by Diane McClary

 

High Tide Baja by Diane McClary

 

Indian Mountain - Borrego Springs by Diane McClary

 

Mount Goode - Sierra Nevadas by Diane McClary

 

Bishop Creek - Sierra Nevadas by Diane McClary

 

Alabama Hills - Lone Pine by Diane McClary

 

Desert Dawn by Diane McClary

 

Desert Light Smoke Tree by Diane McClary

 

Palms and Reflections by Diane McClary

 

Afternoon Walk in La Quinta Cove by Diane McClary

 

La Quinta Estates by Diane McClary

 

Dawn at Yuccaland by Diane McClary

 

Fred Wolff's Palm by Diane McClary

 

Lily Pond at La Quinta Estates by Diane McClary

 

Madero View by Diane McClary