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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.

 

Beauty of the Desert by Diane McClary

 

Dawn in La Quinta Cove by Diane McClary

 

Standing Tall at Thousand Palms by Diane McClary

 

Giants at Indian Canyon by Diane McClary

 

Morning at Joshua by Diane McClary

 

Moon Shadows at Joshua by Diane McClary

 

Hidden Valley at Joshua Tree by Diane McClary

 

Ocotillo at La Quinta Cove by Diane McClary

 

Desert Gold by Diane McClary

 

Mountain Majesty by Diane McClary

 

Land of Sunshine by Diane McClary

 

Unexpected Snowfall at Joshua Tree by Diane McClary

 

Palo Verde Trees by Diane McClary

 

Afternoon Light at Joshua Tree by Diane McClary

 

A Warm Morning at Joshua 2 by Diane McClary

 

A Warm Morning at Joshua 1 by Diane McClary

 

A Burst of Red by Diane McClary

 

Sedona Cathedral Rock by Diane McClary

 

A Break in the Clouds by Diane McClary

 

Russian Picnic Still Life by Diane McClary

 

Memories of Sergei by Diane McClary

 

Lone Joshua Tree by Diane McClary

 

Palms at San Andreas by Diane McClary

 

Clouds at Joshua by Diane McClary

 

Lupine in Bloom by Diane McClary

 

Palo Verdes in Bloom by Diane McClary

 

Santa Rosa Mountains by Diane McClary

 

Flowering Meadow by Diane McClary

 

High Desert Spring by Diane McClary

 

Casa Tecate Gate by Diane McClary

 

Roses and Silver by Diane McClary

 

Roses In Two Vases by Diane McClary

 

Lavandin en Fleur by Diane McClary

 

Three Palms by Diane McClary

 

Early Light by Diane McClary

 

Cle Elum Cabin by Diane McClary

 

Summer at Lopez Island by Diane McClary

 

Sunflowers and Yellow Pitcher by Diane McClary

 

After the Rain by Diane McClary

 

Sailing on Puget Sound by Diane McClary

 

Sailing by Diane McClary

 

Shadows at St. Richard's by Diane McClary

 

View of Cathedral Rock Sedona by Diane McClary

 

Moonrise by Diane McClary

 

Saguaro Cactus 1 by Diane McClary

 

Palms and Indian Head Mountain by Diane McClary

 

Farm in Provence by Diane McClary

 

Hollyhocks at Giverny by Diane McClary