Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Just Back From Utah's National Parks

What was after Maine's blues and greens .... Utah's red rock , varied  landscape and pine trees.

What a feast for the eyes. We just came back from 4 National Parks in Utah , what a beautiful state .  We hiked and I sketched the beauty of the land that God has made . Wow!  If you haven't been to these  National parks I would highly recommend them , Zion, Capital Reef, Arches and Canyonlands. Here are a few sketches from my sketchbook .

   On this very hot day in NYC I am sitting at the kitchen counter next to the air conditioner. Lol !

These were all done with a ultra fine sharpie marker in a Stillman and Birn Beta soft covered sketchbook . It was nice and light to carry in my backpack. I met many  people on the trails we were on wanting to try sketching . I spent time talking and encouraging each of them and if you haven't given it a try please do . I will be glad to help you any way I can.

All of these sketches were done quickly and simply , no more than 15 -20 minutes on each and some way less as I tried to not make my husband wait too long for me.

I did manage to find a scruffy tree to sit under while I sketched . I was grateful for it as it was so hot and the sun was glaring even with my hat and sunglasses. If I could put my whole book on here I would , seeing the world through your sketchbook is a fabulous experience as you look back you will remember all the details of your day and your trip. Until  next time , enjoy this beautiful day .

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

After the Workshop in Tenants Harbor, Now What ?

I know how hard it is to get back into a routine after attending a workshop . How do you  put into practice all you learned? The only way I know is to ..... Yup ! you guessed it , Practice ....

Here is some of what I have practiced this week along with putting some color  washes on my sketches.

This is a 1/2 sheet which I divided off with masking tape and focused on shapes . I used my sketchbook as a reference as well as my photos. No drawing just focusing on shapes ( whoops! I did draw on the sketch on the far right) 
I know this one has nothing to do with Maine it is just what I felt like practicing today , again thinking shapes and not things.
 I also put some color on my sketches .

 Remember to always go back to what you know .  Sketch simply ,  Use a limited palette , practice brush strokes (learn what your brush can do ) Think focal point , values , composition and HAVE FUN while you are practicing and  paint what you love and love what you paint . 

If I can help you in any way please email me . I can help you via email, Skype or FaceTime .  Till Next time " Keep your brush wet and your sketchbook by your side "


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Joy Filled Workshop held in Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde, Maine

    What a joy to teach these hard working ladies , I am so proud of all them .  It was a wonderful three day experience for all of us.

 We started each day sketching and then moved into studying and practicing fundamental art principles and doing practices in the afternoon. We even took a field trip to Port Clyde where I demonstrated how to sketch  with a sharpened stick and ink. 

  Barbara Aras and I planned a small workshop group to ensure everyone received the  personal attention they needed to enable them to improve their own artwork and way of working.

                   We had fun sketching in and around Tenants Harbor as well as Port Clyde

Looking forward to teaching The Joy of Watercolor and Watercolor Sketching  in Tenants Harbor again next year.  

Workshop will be held July 24-26, 2018 from 9am-4pm . Cost $175  We will once again limit the number of students to ensure individual attention. If you are interested please email me at my website Dianeklock.com  A deposit will hold your spot and will be refundable till April 1, 2018

Till Next time " Keep your brush wet
and your sketchbook by your side " 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Heading to Maine for Art Show and Workshop

Heading for Maine in a few days for an Art Show with Barbara Aras . If you are in Tenants Harbor please stop by The Blue Door Studio next to the Odd Fellows Hall  July 15-16

We have one spot left forThe Joy of Watercolor Workshop inTenants Harbor , Maine July 18-20 Please email me if you would like it or check out my website for more information.

Till next time " Keep your brush wet and your sketchbook by your side "

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tenants Harbor Watercolor Workshop 7/18-7/20

      I hope you can join me and fellow artist Barbara Aras for The Joy of Watercolor Workshop in beautiful Tenants Harbor , Maine . The class will be July 18-20 from 9:30-4  You can get more information on my website  Dianeklock.com
      Here are a few pics from the area to get your creative juices going .   We are looking forward to doing lots of sketching and painting with you all . Weather permitting we are planning on painting outdoors.

This will be a small class with lots of personal attention enabling you to grow as an artist .

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions .  Looking forward to seeing some of you up in Maine with your " Brush Wet and your sketchbook by your side " LOL !

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fun sketching with an Accordion Sketchbook and upcoming Maine Workshop

            Hi , I have been playing tourist here in NYC  even though I live here , sometimes we get so involved in our daily life and commitments that we forget to look where God has placed us with fresh eyes . This weekend my husband and I played tourist and loved every minute of it .
           I brought along a new Pentalic Accordion sketchbook . It was my first time with an accordion type sketchbook and I loved working in it . Small, fits in my hand , in my purse , easy to use on the train and on the bus , it's still bumpy sketching but that is not the sketchbooks fault. Lol !

      Here are a few more pics from the bus and train , sketching to and fro over the weekend .

 Fun sketching weekend here in the city and a fun book to give a try when you get a chance.
     ON TO MAINE ....... Show in Tenants Harbor , Maine  July 15 ,16 2017   AND

    JOY OF WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP    July 18-20   For more information go to Dianeklock.com     I will look forward to meeting and working with some of you there. Till next time have a great day .

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Painting , Sketching , Practicing and Upcoming Workshop in Tenants Harbor, Maine

  I just finished teaching a Joy of Watercolor Workshop  in Litchfield CT. We all had a great time  learning  how to improve our paintings using fun practices , a limited palette and even  experiment a bit with Yupo . Yupo is such fun to paint on  if you haven't tried it give it a go . FUN !

I have been painting, sketching and practicing as usual and am looking forward to painting outdoors in the coming months. Here are a few new paintings and recent sketches .

I am getting prepared for a show and workshop in Tenants Harbor Maine in July .  The workshop will be  July 18-20 , please check out my website for more information. www.dianeklock.com

You all have a great day and don't forget to carve out your practice and painting time on your calendars.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Painting in the Sunshine and Workshop in April

I was able to spend part of this winter in Sarasota , Florida this year . My husband loves the warm weather , me not so much but God did bless me with a good snow storm on our return so I wouldn't feel left out .
While in Sarasota I was able to witness a sailboat Regatta . It was one of the most exciting things I have ever seen. I sketched my little heart out and took tons of pictures for reference , unfortunately it was way to windy for my easel. 
The day was such a blessing as I just decided to take a ride with my easel to a familiar spot that was on my " to paint " list . Imagine my surprise when I saw all the action involved in the race . What a glorious day . It goes to show you that you need to " continue to keep your brush wet and your sketchbook by your side " as you never know what might catch your eye. 

 I have a Joy of Watercolor Workshop scheduled for April 12-13 in Litchfield CT. If you are interested in attending please email me or go to my web site for more information.  Dianeklock.com

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Christmas Card Inspiration in January ?

     This is a first , I know , two blog posts so close together but I got inspired by the snow so thought I would pass this thought along to all of you .
      I am still rejoicing in Christmas joy and thought about what to paint and decided on a Christmas card.  I know it is January but why not ? You can paint from memory or your photos if you have already taken down your Christmas decorations and don't forget you could illustrate your Christmas menu or cookie ideas . Just a thought to share .
      I hope this idea works for you and if not make a date for yourself right now , yup ink a date on your new 2017 calendar for a day in December when you are decorated once again and make your 2018 card. Whether you paint or not I hope you have a joy filled day.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Joy of Inspiration

        It is 2017 already , Where did the time go ?  If you are like me life happens and we all get busy doing "good busy things".  I am grateful for my family and for all the opportunities God has placed  in my path , now the question is How do I get my creative life back onto my priority list ?  Not that it ever left but fell way down on the priority list as it should be for me .
        Here are some things I am doing and have done to get my creative juices  flowing . I hope you find them helpful .

       I am using a Stillman & Birn  Alpha soft covered sketchbook lately after a recommendation from Liz Steel . I love it , it is light and good quality paper for pen and ink sketches and light watercolor washes . I like the 8x10 size as well as the smaller 8x5 as it fits in my city backpack.   I am calling these books " My Workbook Sketchbook " leaving my Canson Montval Sketchbooks for traveling .

     Keeping your sketchbook readily available will make using it easier . I use mine as a journal and try to put something in it everyday , did you notice the word try ?  I don't beat myself up if I don't get to it.
     If I have not planned painting time at your easel and don't know how to get started, I love ,
 You Tube segments. there are so many free artist demo's online to inspire you . I find if I watch a few I am ready to jump into doing my own art .  Search artist you like by name or ask " How to paint skies in Watercolor "as see what comes up .

    I love going through the art books I have from John Sargent to John Yardley and many in between. I copy the paintings I like with a note @ Charles Sovek for example  , taking  notes and keep them in a practice box so I can refer back to them. How did they do that ? Can I make that color with my limited palette ? You will learn so much doing this and after one or two I find myself ready to make my own art.

   I love doing Robert Wade's postcard size practices .  I  teach these during class , so much fun to do and learn from . They are on his dvd Wade's Watercolor Wisdom.

  Craftsy online is a wonderful place to take reasonable priced classes .Craftsy  The classes once purchased can be watched on an iPad and are yours to view over and over .

   I also love Drawing Tip Tuesday by Koosje Koene on You Tube , fun tips and inspiration for sketching and making art . Draw Tip Tuesday

 How did I originally get into the sketching habit  ? Sketchbook Skool  , a fun online site for inspiring sketching classes .Sketchbook Skool

I also use google images a lot. Google ImagesThere are tons of artist reference photos available especially if you have been to a place before to paint from. I also like their clip art to make cards.

Well, I ran out of space so I will leave this here and will get back to you when other things come to my mind to help you . Please feel free to email me or FaceTime me with any questions .