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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.

 

Country Still Life by Diane McClary

 

A Golden Sky by Diane McClary

 

Coming Home to Traditions by Diane McClary

 

La Quinta Shadows by Diane McClary

 

Joshua Moonlight 2 by Diane McClary

 

Cathedral Rock 2 by Diane McClary

 

Avenida Montezuma Scene by Diane McClary

 

A Proud Saguaro at Superstition Mountain by Diane McClary

 

A Brilliant Sunrise by Diane McClary

 

Dawn at La Quinta Cove by Diane McClary

 

Early Morning at Thousand Palms by Diane McClary

 

Sunset at Coachella Valley Study by Diane McClary

 

Clouds at Thousand Palms by Diane McClary

 

Mountain Morning by Diane McClary

 

Ancient Cahuilla Fish Traps by Diane McClary

 

A Study in Red by Diane McClary

 

A Study in White by Diane McClary

 

Autumn Still Life by Diane McClary

 

Hobie Cats at Lake Arrowhead by Diane McClary

 

Yucca and Joshua by Diane McClary

 

Sue by Diane McClary

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Palms and Sunset by Diane McClary

 

San Jacinto and Verbena by Diane McClary

 

Casa Tecate Gate 2 by Diane McClary

 

Still Life Tonal Study by Diane McClary

 

Rankin Ranch Homestead by Diane McClary

 

Birch Tree at Walker Valley by Diane McClary

 

Amanda at the Hitching Post by Diane McClary

 

Entrance to Rankin Ranch by Diane McClary

 

Desert Sunrise by Diane McClary

 

Spring at Joshua by Diane McClary

 

The Village Carousel at Lake Arrowhead by Diane McClary

 

Papoose Lake and Clouds by Diane McClary

 

Boating at Lake Arrowhead by Diane McClary

 

A Mother's Love by Diane McClary

 

Red Pepper by Diane McClary

 

Market Day by Diane McClary

 

A Sunflower Day by Diane McClary

 

Still Life Study by Diane McClary

 

Palms Grouped Together by Diane McClary

 

Martinez Mountain in La Quinta Cove by Diane McClary

 

Fuji Apples by Diane McClary

 

Early Light Indian Canyon by Diane McClary

 

Desert Cactus 2 by Diane McClary

 

Birches by Diane McClary

 

Autumn Color by Diane McClary

 

Washington Apples by Diane McClary

 

Timmy by Diane McClary