Friday, November 2, 2018

Autumn Hydrangeas

Autumn Hydrangeas, 18 X 18, oil on aluminum panel by Marian Dioguardi

A challenging and interesting commissioned painting of dried and fresh hydrangea, all from the same Mophead Hydrangea shrub. They made a beautiful bouquet at the end of September. I got to venture into interesting color spaces that I rarely travel to. I also had to use every tool at my disposal: palette knife, brush, Q tip, and last by not least fingers The painting will dry, be varnished and delivered!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Trust your instincts because it’ might be the Muse.

When I designed a larger, expanded painting based on the Auro study below, I was truly undecided about the yellow Peugeot’s place in the larger painting.
The Peugeot was important for the study.  In my minds eye, my inclination was to leave the Peugeot out in the larger painting. Fans and friends of the yellow Peugeot pleaded with me to keep the car n the painting . Many people told me that the addition of a Nonna figure would be wrong and weird.

So my drawing for the expanded version included the car (and the figure). 

My first painting pass of this large painting included the car only because I want sure where I would place Nonna. Then it happened; in my minds eye, when I thought of the painting, the car kept disappearing.  When went into the studio and saw the actual painting, I was surprised to see the car still there. 

Frustrated, I painted the Peugeot out of the painting. Immediately I felt relief, my shoulders were relaxed. Whenever I looked at painting, I smiled. The Nonna figure placed itself and I’m on my way to the painting that wanted to be painted.

Even my friends and fans insistent that the yellow Peugeot remain now tell me that I made the right decision. However I ask myself: was it my artistic instinct or the Muse? I'll go with the Muse.

My advice:  Never, never refuse the Muse because she might just stop talking to you and telling you what you need to hear.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Side Tracked

A few things have come up from here and there since the last post. Here's and update: A big thank you to my clients and patrons as four paintings were bought and are now in happy homes:

A painting has been commissioned based on a beautiful drying Hydrangea bouquet. 
This is the study, 11 X 14 in, which will be available for purchase during the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Sale November 15th through the 18th. 

Also available during the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Sale November 15th through the 18th.  are two, never before shown, small "Plein Aire" paintings painted on a blustery day along the Rhode Island seashore two weeks ago.
Coastline, 9 X 12 in.

East from the Shoreline,  8 X 10 in.

Friday, October 5, 2018