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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.

 

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

 

Smoke Tree at Santa Rosa Mountains by Diane McClary

 

Verbena and Spring by Diane McClary

 

Spring and Prickly Pear Cactus by Diane McClary

 

Santa Rosa Mountains and Brittle Bush by Diane McClary

 

Palm at Santa Rosa Mountains Visitors Center by Diane McClary

 

Mount San Gorgonio by Diane McClary

 

Joshua at Keys Ranch by Diane McClary

 

Desert Verbena by Diane McClary

 

Desert In Bloom by Diane McClary

 

Henderson Canyon Borrego Springs by Diane McClary

 

Borrego Springs Verbena by Diane McClary

 

Indian Wells Verbena by Diane McClary

 

Murray Trail Andreas Canyon by Diane McClary

 

Desert Light by Diane McClary

 

Spring Poppies by Diane McClary

 

Desert Verbena by Diane McClary

 

Saguaro Plein Air Study by Diane McClary

 

Gold Canyon by Diane McClary

 

Dinosaur Mountain by Diane McClary

 

Afternoon Light Monument Valley by Diane McClary

 

Clouds Passing Monument Valley by Diane McClary

 

Belgian Creamer and Sugar by Diane McClary

 

Tecate Garden Gate by Diane McClary

 

Moon Shadows Indian Canyon by Diane McClary

 

Prickly Pear Cactus Bloom by Diane McClary

 

Early Morning Coffee in Old Town La Quinta 2 by Diane McClary

 

Lucerne Countryside by Diane McClary

 

Castle on the Upper Rhine River by Diane McClary

 

Matterhorn Sunrise by Diane McClary

 

Alps in Switzerland by Diane McClary

 

Perseids Meteor Shower from La Quinta Museum by Diane McClary

 

Cactus by the Red Mountains by Diane McClary