Friday, February 10, 2017


Pure Contentment  - Day 9 of 30 paintings in 30 days

Up until this week I had only painted one kitten.  No other animals, So I am having fun painting different farm animals this week.   These goats are from the Hux Family Farm in Durham, NC.  So adorable.  Lyn Hux tells me they do goat yoga.  Check it out if your in the area!





Pure Contentment
 Diane Plaisted
Oil on Linen Panel
8x10  inches

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rooster  - Day 8 of 30 paintings in 30 days

Having fun painting some farm animals this week.  Glad they are not nearby!
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Rooster
 Diane Plaisted
Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
6x6  inches
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Roses in France  - Day 7 of 30 paintings in 30 days

Flowers in France seems so beautiful.  Is it the flowers or that air? I don't know.  I painted this from a photo from my trip a few years ago.
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Roses in France
 Diane Plaisted
Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
6x6  inches
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Pigasso  - Day 6 of 30 paintings in 30 days

I painted this from a trip to a nearby farm.  I never lived on a farm but love being around one.





Pigasso
 Diane Plaisted
Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
6x6  inches
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Fraysinette Geraniums 2  - Day 5 of 30 paintings in 30 days

I painted this from a photo I took in Fraysinette France.





Fraysinette Geraniums #2
 Diane Plaisted
Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
6x6  inches
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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Peonies  - Day 4 of 30 paintings in 30 days

I'm painting this as part of an online class of Provence.





Peonies
 Diane Plaisted
Oil on Centurion Linen board
10x8  inches
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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Day #3 Old Faithful


Old Faithful  - Day 3 of 30 paintings in 30 days

This boat was sitting in a pond in Martha's Vineyard in early spring.  It looked old but terribly useful. I loved the way the sunlight played on the sun bleached turquoise boat and the reflected light in the water. As an artist, I am definitely drawn to painting the effects of light.   As I was taking a number of photos of this boat, a beautiful Mallard duck decided to get in the shot.

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Old Faithful
 Diane Plaisted
Oil on Centurion Linen board
8x10  inches
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Late to the Party  - Day 2 of 30 paintings in 30 days

I love that we have a farm nearby that I can go to take pictures and paint. I took this picture several years ago along with a ton of others that are patiently waiting to be painted. . The smartphone is my detriment, as I always have a camera where ever I go .  I don't know what the hen party was all about, but this one chicken didn't want to miss out.
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Late to the Party
 Diane Plaisted
Oil on Centurion Linen board
8x10  inches
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Behind The Gate - Day 1 of 30 of the Carrie Bullock Challenge

I've been actively painting larger paintings over the last year. I'm excited to be back to do some daily painting.  This is one that I did over the last 2 days.





Behind The Gate
 Diane Plaisted
Oil on Centurion Linen board
12x16  inches
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Day 17 of 30 Evening Sea Oats

Evening Sea Oats  - Day 17 of  30

Evening Sea Oats was painted from a picture I took in Englewood Beach, Florida.  Loved the way the sun caught the sea oats and made them glow.






Evening Sea Oats
 Diane Plaisted
Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
6x6 inces
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Day 8 of 30 - Fisherman's Warf Monterey, Ca

Fisherman's Warf Monterey, Ca  - Day 8 of  30

Mde it to day 8 of the 30 day challenge but it's getting harder to find enough time in the day

Still sticking with the water theme, I've chosen to paint Fisherman's Warf from a photo I took last year. Seems like there are stages of painting for me.  At first I had to learn the techniques in Oil painting which are almost reverse from what you do with watercolor which I have painted with my whole life.  I focused more on objects, like fruits, bowls, etc until I felt comfortable with them. Now I'm trying to really express a feeling.   The morning sunrise, a stormy sunset, a night view of the marina, and today I've tried to expres this clarity and beauty of the Monterey water.





Fisherman's Warf, Monterey
 Diane Plaisted
Pastel  on Ampersand Pastelbord
7x5 inces
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Day 7 of 30 - Stormy Sunset

Stormy Sunset  - Day 7 of  30

I'm done with day 7 of 30 paintings.  But today was a little harder as it was back to work today after vacation.  3 more weeks.

This was a sunset the night we arrived in Punta Gorda as the threat of Hurricane Erica diminished. This was the most amazing sunset, as it changed the whole time it was setting.

 Punta Gorda had been hit 10 years ago by Hurricane Charlie which, I was told, took the brunt of the storm and affected much of the town.  Much has been rebuilt or repaired. They've named an outside restaurant/bar on the water after Hurrican Charlie.

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Stormy Sunset
Diane Plaisted
Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
6x6
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Monday, September 7, 2015

Day 6 of 30 - Marina Evening Punta Gorda

Marina Evening Punta Gorda  - Day 6 of  30

This is day 6th of 30 for me and I'm running a day behind. This painting is  of the marina at night - so quiet and pretty.  I've tried to show the effect of the dock lights.

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Marina Evening Punta Gorda
Diane Plaisted
Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
6x6
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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Day 5 of 30 - Marina Sunrise Punta Gorda

Marina Sunrise Punta Gorda  - Day 5 of  30

This is the fifth day of the 30 day challenge.   We were in Florida all week - Hot, Hot, Hot. - overlooking the marina.   But the purpose was to see my Mom which worked out perfect.

 What beautiful sunrises and sunsets there.  We would wake to the pale pinks, peach, and soft blue tones on the still morning water.  At night, we were steps away from the choppy water sunsets.   But what I loved most was meeting  several couples with sailboats and one with motorboat docked at the marina keeping safe from tropical storm Erica.  The storm dissipated  before causing trouble here, but I'm so glad we got to meet them.  Loved their stories and courage. They will stay on the Florida coast until about November/December and then head to Key West and then probably on to Bahamas and the Caribbean.  They were originally from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky and Florida with their boats  being their homes now that they have retired..  What an amazing life.   This harbor picture is my first ever pastel and is a tribute the our new friends on the sea.




Marina Sunrise
Diane Plaisted
Pastel  on Ampersand Pastelbord
5x7
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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Day 4 of 30 - Fort Myers Coconuts #2


Fort Myers Coconuts - Day 4 of  30

This is the fourth day of the 30 day challenge.  I've decided to paint these tropical themed paintings with the technique I learned with Dream Tolle Perry.  Her paiintings are very colorful and she uses a base coat of tranparent colors before adding opaques.  I have so much fun painting this way.   Thought I'd try another painting of coconut palm tree look upwards.







Fort Myers Coconuts #2
Diane Plaisted
Oil on Gessobord, 6x6
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Friday, September 4, 2015

Day 3 of 30 - Fort Myers Palms



Fort Myers Palms - Day 3 of  30

Love the palms at Fort Myers beach.  This spot is about half way down the island.







Fort Myers Palms
Diane Plaisted
Oil on Gessobord, 6x6
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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Day 2 of 30 - Fort Myers Coconuts

Fort Myers Coconuts - Day 2 of  30

Yesterday we took a trip to Fort Myers beach to a wonderful quiet section of beach with soft waves and clear water but what fascinated me was the beautiful coconut palm trees.  While riding on the island we passed the Red Coconut which is a trailer park that  I went to with my family many many years ago.  I always remembered the name but never knew quite where it was so what a surprise and what a trip back in time.  I remember wanting to bring a coconut home somehow and my dad and I found a shorter palm tree and he hoisted me up on his shoulders and somehow I climbed the rest of the way and pulled one down.  We took it home to NJ and mom made at least one coconut cream pie but probably more.  Tasting coconut from your own pick is so much better.








Fort Myers Coconuts
Diane Plaisted
Oil on Gessobord, 6x6

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Day 1 of 30 day Challenge: Punta Gorda Sunset

Punta Gorda Sunset - Day 1 of  30

September is here at last.  Not that I want summer to end, but I have been looking forward to painting 30 paintings in 30 days in September with Leslie Saeta along with lots of artist from all over the world.  I did this last year and found it a real challenge to both work and paint.  It really helped me to paint quicker, as I often take too long to decide on the perfect subject.  But, it's not as much about finding  the perfect subject as it is portraying something that excites me.  I'm starting this challenge while on vacation. Tropical storm Erica decided to head to the gulf coast this week and while we are in Punta Gorda, we had the most beautiful sunset.






Punta Gorda Sunset
Diane Plaisted
Oil on Gessobord, 6x6
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Onions on the Chopping Block



I've been painting... really... just haven't been posting anything since last year.  It takes time and I've been trying to focus on getting enough paintings together for a show.  No plans yet, but that's the intention.   But I am glad to be back blogging and I will try to get my works out here where you can see what I'm doing. 
  
This spring, I started painting larger - 12x16.  Still doing the smaller ones too.   The larger paintings were  a bit to get used to but I'm loving it.

Even though I don't know who might be reading this blog, it's feels comfortable to be back.  



Onions on the Chopping Block
Diane Plaisted

Oil on Gessobord, 6x6

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Barn in Blue Ridge Country



When we go camping at Grayson Highlands, we always drive by this old barn near the Blue Ridge Parkway.  There are a number of horses nearby and the country is just so beautiful.  




Barn in Blue Ridge Country
Diane Plaisted
Oil on Gessobord, 6x6


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Les Peches



Painting in France this summer with a number of artists, this wonderful basket of peaches was desert one night. Rather than eating them, everyone took pictures instead - just too gorgeous.   



Les Peches
Diane Plaisted
Oil on Gessobord, 9 x 12
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Kitchen Sunflowers

My first interior painting - my kitchen with another vase of yes, sunflowers.  This was a lot of fun without getting too caught up in the details.  I'm trying to concentrate on center of interest.  I love studying about having a center that is more detailed but when it comes to painting, I want to make everything detailed.  So, here, I tried to keep soft lines except on the right sunflower and vase.  This large pottery has become a favorite to paint. 


Kitchen Sunflowers
Diane Plaisted
Oil on Gessobord 6 x 6
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Autumn Sunflowers


I've never been much of a sunflower person until this year. They are so bright - such a big dose of happy!  Can't help but make you smile. This is my 3rd sunflower painting.   They challenge me so - trying to keep the yellow fresh and bright.    I'm determined to keep trying to capture that elusive brightness they possess.  


Autumn Sunflowers
Diane Plaisted
Oil on Gessobord  9 x 12

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Morning Welcome, Martha's Vineyard



Walking around Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts one early spring morning in 2013 was such an unexpected treat.  Our daughter, Amanda, came with us from Boston.  The white trim and picket fences everywhere are so amazing when that morning sun strike.. Wrought iron whales over doorways, nautical symbols everywhere, widow's walks on top of houses, unbelievable scenery of lighthouses, boats, ferries and of course, sharks. Well, not really, but Jaws was filmed there.    I came upon these steps that felt like such a warm welcome to the home. I snapped a picture and later did the study and the fianl 12 x 16  painting.


Morning Welcome, Martha's Vineyard
Diane Plaisted
Oil on Gessobord, 12 x 16

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Morning Welcome Study, Martha's Vineyard

Morning Welcome Study, Martha's Vineyard

We stayed in Edgarton on Martha's Vineyard in early spring, in fact the island had just opened back up after closing down for the winter and everyone was out painting their white trim and picket fences with that super shiny paint which I think may be more durable for the ocean air.  But everything was bright and cheerful and wonderful.



Morning Welcome Study, Martha's Vineyard
Oil on Gessobord 6x6


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Smoking Loon



Last month I did a 30 day challenge and painting every day made such a difference.  I could feel like a barrier had come down when faced with a white panel.   Havarti, a cute little cheese knife and a bottle of red wine got me started again.


     Smoking Loon
Oil on Gessobord, 6x6


Thursday, October 2, 2014

30 Day Challenge Collage

This is my collage of the paintings I did in Sept.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Peach Fuzz

30 in 30 Days Challenge  Day 30

This the last day of the 30 day challenge and it has been difficult and yet so rewarding.  I've learned so much from this but the biggest take away is that it has gotten me to dive right in and start painting quickly.  I used to labor over it in my mind as to what I would paint, how big, the colors, the composition etc, and now I am putting my brush to the canvas as soon as I start.  It's removed the fear that I felt before starting, the fear of failing, the pressure that it had to be good, the thought that others had to like it.  Now I'm just painting for me, for my knowledge, trying new things, trying transparent colors, trying palette knife, try to paint fuzz.  Yeah, fuzz.. That was not easy.  I labored over these peaches and want to try them again because peaches are a real challenge for me.  To paint something soft seems harder to me than to paint something hard or shiny.   So, I've learned about painting, but more so, I've learned about myself, and I'm still learning what evokes emotion in the choices of what I paint.  I am planning a new piece, larger, to be a landscape with people in it.  I've chosen a picture I took at a French farmers market of several older french men who met Saturday morning at the market. They are so cute.  I think that will be my next piece.  Be on the lookout.  Follow my blog for new paintings that I will post here first.



Peach Fuzz
Diane Plaisted
Oil on Gessobord, 6 x 6

Monday, September 29, 2014

Brussel Sprouts

30 in 30 Days Challenge Day 29

It's getting close to the end of the 30 day challenge and it's been a fantastic experience.  It takes me so much less time to get into the painting now.  I going to try to keep this going as I have always heard that painting or drawing each day helps you to improve.  

Don't you just love Trader Joes?  I was there today and they had these wonderful Brussel Sprouts and they just looked like they would be fun to paint.  



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Blue Ridge Bridge

30 in 30 Days Challenge  Day 28

This babbling brook was on our way home from the Blue Ridge Mountains in NC in the Springtime.  Spring is so beautiful up there.


Blue Ridge Bridge
Diane Plaisted 
Oil on Gessobord, 6x6
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