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Monday, 31 October 2011

1520 Balancing Act

18" x 14" = 45.7 x 35.5 cms oil on board to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

I combined this sprig of pretty, variegated leaved Fuschia, cut from my garden, with this quirky yellow glass vase. I liked the combination of shapes, textures and colours, every painting is a new challenge and I learn something new every time that's the joy of painting.

Friday, 28 October 2011

1519 Strawberry Reflection ( & some process photos)

18" x 14" oil on panel to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

It's been a funny week some how, I started two paintings at the same time and I think I've come to the conclusion that I prefer just to concentrate on painting one picture at a time. I get into a zone when I'm painting, I just paint without consciously thinking too much, although I'm making decisions all the time as I go along. When I change to paint a second one it's like breaking the spell and I have to find my way into the other painting which is hard, and I don't like the switching back and forth.

 Anyway this is a little glass jug I found at a flea market the other Saturday, I fell in love with the Art Deco shape so I bought it. I thought that I would perch it on the fruit box my hubby acquired for me, and the strawberry decided to keep it company and revel in it's own reflection!.

Carol DeMumbrum asked if she could see my process, I remembered to take pics to about 1/2 way through then forgot all about taking more so here are a few to give you a bit of an idea.
I start with a rough sketch , then block in with thinned down paint. Next stage  another layer of thicker paint, and then the final layer finishing with highlights.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

1518 My Garden Roses SOLD

18" x 10" oil on panel,   available through Dolans Fine Art Auctions,  to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

I cut these two soft, pink roses from my lone rose bush the other morning, the last two buds of the season. I put them in these two vases and waited for them to open. The sun came streaming in through my window early in the morning making wonderful reflections and shadows, they looked so pretty looking at one another, there it was, an instant composition.

Friday, 21 October 2011

1517 Sweet and Sour SOLD

24" x 12" oil on panel   available through Dolans Fine Art Auctions,  to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

This one took a week of hard work and a lot of layers of paint until it was perfect, and those lines on the plate made me see checks before my eyes when I went to sleep!  I'm finally happy with it after a lot of fine tuning.
As you can see my paintings are getting bigger and bigger and of course they take a lot longer to paint than small ones and they are not as easy to photograph either. I think it is probably harder to go from painting small paintings to larger ones, rather than vice versa, problems show up bigger too:))

Thursday, 13 October 2011

1516 Centre Stage SOLD

10" x 18" oil on panel  to see more of my work go to

Another classic, thought I would paint a pair, same format, with traditional still life subjects that seem to be still popular with collectors. 
Not too much exciting happening here just painting, painting and more painting, well I love it so who cares !
Sent my hubby out to find a wooden fruit box to feature in my next still life, he found one at the local fruit and veg market,  a nice freebee, all I need now is a few good props to put on it and I'm away.

Monday, 10 October 2011

1515 Fromage SOLD

10" x 18" oil on panel to see more of my work go to
dianamarshallfineart.comI really enjoyed painting this one especially the camembert in it's paper wrapping, I bought some red grapes for this set-up, makes a change from the usual black ones although they have less bloom on them they are a lovely colour. Mmmm looking forward to sampling this lot, bang goes my diet!

Friday, 7 October 2011

1514 Into the Light

11" x 14" oil on panel

I fancied painting some simple shapes with no patterns just interesting shadows and reflections. I find setting up and experimenting with set-ups is half the fun of creating still lifes. Now that most of my recent still life paintings have been distributed between various venues, I've got to get cracking and start building up a new body of work, no rest for the wicked ;)) well don't have time to be wicked anyway!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Auction Sales

These three paintings sold in Limerick on
Sunday at the live auction held by Dolans Fine Art Auction House. One sold at the lower estimate, one top estimate and the third above estimate, a very gratifying result. Next Auction will be in Dublin at the end of October.

I am still occupied with a complex and large commission which will take up another few days until I can get back to painting some more still lifes. I am off to Skibbereen near Cork quite a long drive from Dublin, to deliver more paintings to a new auction house that I have not dealt with before, all exciting stuff!
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