Enjoying the New Expressionistic Style

High Tops

Here’s one of my “fan favorites!” This painting was complimented by all that have seen it, friends and family alike. I haven’t shown it to the general public yet, since it is one of the paintings I am preparing for a big group show at LeMoyne Arts in 2020. This exhibit is not the first time I’ve shown at a gallery, but it is the biggest gallery in town and I’ll need between 25 and 30 paintings to show. I feel I’m on the right track with this painting and my new style because of the reaction. A friend was interested in the painting and decided to buy ten greeting cards with this image on it which I custom made for her. I do custom paintings, mini portraits and greeting cards and ship in the continental U.S. I hope you are enjoying my new style and I’ll keep you posted on the preparation for the group show!

High Tops Ten Cards with Env SoldHigh Tops Reference Photo


After-Holiday Mini Custom Portrait Post

Five Mini Cats in Progress Christina

Hey folks! I’ve been away for awhile for the holidays but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been painting. I got an order from New York City for TEN custom mini pet portraits for Christmas presents! I did four dogs and six cats and of course, they were all unique. The dogs were challenging to do because they’re all different as opposed to cats which are the same shape and just vary in color and patterns.

Then, the woman loved them so much, she ordered four more dogs for friends that she was going to see after Christmas! I’ve included the pictures of some of the paintings and the appropriate reference photos. Anyone interested in a mini pet portrait, they’re 2-1/2″ square and come with an attached wooden easel. Got two more to do right now for different people!

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