Saturday, March 21, 2009

It's Spring—Time to Start Something New


Left: Purple Marsh, ©2009 Diane Wesman, 9 x 12 inches, pastel on board.

Spring is officially here. The days are getting warmer in Minnesota. This is my last plein air painting for the winter. It captures the view across the marsh from my house.

Welcome to my blog. I'll be an occasional blogger writing from time to time about my artwork, how I think about painting, and the challenges and rewards of landscape painting. I'll also share information about materials and techniques. You'll get the opportunity to look inside my sketchbook and see how those entries evolve into paintings. My journals will provide a window into my life.

I hope that my blog will provide information to past and future students. I teach pastel painting at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. You can view additional selections of my artwork at Project Art for Nature.

In Purple Marsh (above), the intense purples and rusts are colors typical of my winter palette. They reflect the moodiness of a late winter sunset. As things green up I'll start using greens and pinks from my spring palette. But, never one to stick to local color, you will see plenty of purple and any other deep color that will give me the dark values I love.

See Purple Marsh in person at The Lake Country Pastel Society Spring Show, March 31 to May 8, 2009 at the Sherburne County Government Center. Join me and the other artists at the opening reception, Saturday, April 4, 2 to 4:30 p.m.

10 comments:

Roz said...

Diane, it's great to see you have a blog! I look forward to reading it!

Karen said...

Congratulations, Diane.
It's beautiful, and so are you!
--Karen

Suzanne Sisson said...

Yeah Diane
I love this piece,Purple Marsh. It is stunning! It looks like you've gotten yourself organized so that your gifts can be seen by the world.
Suzanne

Avidor said...

Great blog!

Nancy said...

Congrats on the new blog..it's alot of fun! Also love your glowing pastel! Looking forward to reading about your art and life. Thanks for posting!

Jo Reimer said...

Hey Diane. Roz sent me. I like Purple Marsh and look forward to seeing more of your work and learning about pastel.

caseytoussaint said...

Beautiful work! I'll be watching this space.

MomToo said...

Want to see your work in a larger size; it is beautiful. Thanks for sharing yourself and your art.

Kristi said...

Congrats on your new blog! Great to see you pursuing your artistic talents and sharing them with the world.

Kristi said...

It's great to see you developing and sharing your artistic talents. Keep up the good work and enjoy blogging!