Dolly Doll Painting aka Self Portrait

Dolly Doll Painting

Here is another expressionistic painting I have done recently. Some people I have shown it to say it’s a self portrait. That’s not too far off I guess since my friend that gave the doll to me said it reminded her of me. I call it the Dolly Doll Painting which is one of my nicknames. Here’s a photo of the doll in my living room. Stay posted for more paintings in my new style after the holidays!

Doll on chair for blog


Expressionistic “Donny’s Guitar”

Donny's Guitar

I am really enjoying doing paintings in this new expressionistic style! I have done approximately fifteen pieces in this style since last summer. I am happy to say, as soon as I posted this guitar painting on Facebook, I had one of my FB friends buy it. She wanted it for a Christmas present for her husband who is a musician. I will happily do commissions of another if anyone’s interested. Here’s Stripedie helping me ship it off!

Guitar w wrapping and Stripes

Monet and the NYC Art Auctions

Diane's Monet Antibes

Last Thursday I taught my class at the Wakulla Senior Center in Crawfordville, FL and we celebrated Art Auction week that’s held in New York City every Spring and Fall. The auctions ran from Friday, November 3rd to Sunday, November 12th this year. My friend, Chris, who lives on 55th Street in Manhattan, went to Christie’s and Sotheby’s and kept me abreast of all the artwork on sale via text. It was very interesting! Their were some great pieces by innovative newer artists like Cy Twombley’s scribbles, as well as the old classics like Monet. Above is a Monet I did in my class this week as an example for the students called “Antibes, vue du Plateau Notre-Dame.” And below is a Monet that was on sale at Sotheby’s for 5 million dollars entitled “Champ D’Iris a Giverny.” Some of the pieces in the auctions were on sale for 20 – 30 million dollars!

Monet from Sothebys

My students really enjoyed learning about the auctions in addition to honing their painting skills. I’ve included photos of the whole class hard at work as well as a close-up of one of the regulars, Janet, doing her rendition of the Monet. Next time in the class we’ll concentrate on Christmas!

Sense of Place at 621 Gallery

Me and My Painting

Here I am two days ago at First Friday in Railroad Square back in the swing of things now that I have been living in Tallahassee for about a month and a half. I entered an exhibit at the Nan Boynton Gallery within 621 Gallery in Railroad Square Art Park called Sense of Place. It was a juried show, judged by the exhibiting artist in the main gallery Ehren Gerhard. Shown below, left, is the Best of Show and right is Honorable Mention.

Below is the new Director of the gallery, Lauren Baker, a Florida State University graduate and art instructor at FSU, holding my submission: Cascades Park Lamp Post. This painting was inspired by my favorite park in Tallahassee. Also shown is my piece hanging with the other artwork. This is the first time I have exhibited at 621 and I hope to hang there more in the future!



Diane and Donny at 1020 Art

Diane and Donny whole bodies

Here I am with my new artist companion Donny Crenshaw in front of his colored chalk drawings at 1020 Art in Tallahassee for the opening this First Friday of Peter Bigelow’s show where we both also had artwork on display. Friend Heather Lanham was on hand for the fun and was the photographer for this photo. Pictured below is Donny with his drawings entitled Howl! and Space Elevator as well as him with curator Majken Peterzen.

Donny w Howl n Space ElevatorDonny and Majken w Drawings

I am also lucky enough to have my work continuously displayed there at 1020 with this month’s choices of Lemons and Toast, Rusty Truck Dashboard and featuring my new style on Downtown Trolley. They are pictured here but I hope you locals come out to the galley at 1020 Lafayette Street in Tallahassee, FL to check them out and tell your friends!

Diane with TrolleyDiane and Donny Lemons Toast

Absolute Beginners Acrylic Painting

Evelyn w Lisa smiling Pears

For those of you following my blog, you may have noticed I haven’t been posting as much lately. This is because I have just moved, which I had mentioned in a previous blog, and still am not yet settled. Despite this, I have been teaching a workshop at the Tallahassee Senior Center called Absolute Beginners Acrylic Painting. It was four sessions, Tuesdays from 1 pm to 3 pm the last half of August and the beginning of September. The students having been enjoying this fun and informative workshop which had all beginners, students of varying skill levels. Shown above are Evelyn and Lisa, front, who seem to be enjoying the still life of pears they’re working on. Pictured below are the women proudly displaying their apple still life paintings. There will be another workshop in November for those of you who are interested, just contact Leslie Puckett at the Tallahassee Senior Center 850-891-4016.

Susan, left, and Evelyn

Jacque, left, and Judy

Whole Class Pears

Artist William “Donny” Crenshaw

Donny with Art Aloft

Last night at Aloft Hotel in Downtown Tallahassee I attended a fabulous Meet and Greet with local artist Donny Crenshaw. This up and coming FSU educated and New York City influenced artist was on hand to show his ten drawings on display in the lobby and hallway of one of Tallahassee’s finest venues. Shown below are some of the artist’s brightly colored abstract chalk drawings. It was a great opportunity to meet the artist who will be featured at LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts in January 2018 in the Emerging Artists show. The work will be on display and for sale for the next month at Aloft Hotel on N. Monroe and Call Streets in Tallahassee, FL.