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Diane Wesman’s Utah Travel Journal

Readers of my blog may recall my post on Diane Wesman's Utah Travel Journal on October 16. Diane is a landscape painter who has recently returned to working in oils (a medium she hadn't used since college). (My post also had a group shot of the small oils she made on this trip.) Well last […]

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Profile Friday: Diane Wesman—A Switch to Oil Painting and a Peek in Her Travel Journal

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Above: A plein air oil painting on gessoed board, somewhere in Utah, ©2009 Diane Wesman. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Yes, I profiled Diane Wesman in the fall of 2008. No, I’m not repeating myself, because Diane is not repeating herself. Diane is doing something exciting—breathtakingly exciting. She is branching off into a new medium: oil painting. (She did work in oils briefly when she was a young student, but oils were replaced by acrylics and then later by watercolors and pastels.)

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Profile: Thomas Paquette’s Gouache Landscapes.

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Cherry Valley Creek, ©2003 Thomas Paquette (used with permission). Look at the shadows criss-crossing this creek. Anyone who has ever taken a walk in the woods during late fall or a dry winter has seen this light. All this sense of space and light is captured in a painting 1-3/4 x 2-3/4 inches!

Whoever suggested to oil painter Thomas Paquette that he work in gouache is a friend to us all. Now we have an absolutely essential book of his gouache paintings available: Thomas Paquette: Gouaches, 2007, Eyeful Press.

Paquette is a landscape painter who typically works on large canvases (80 x 60 inches for example). According to the introductory essay in his book of gouache paintings, his helpful friend made the suggestion to use gouache to free Paquette “from his habit of overpainting.”  You can read Paquette’s artist statement and understand that the searching and developing he does in his oils has become an integral part of his approach to gouache. (Once you have entered his website look under “artwork” for gouache paintings to view several examples.)

What Paquette creates are enticing, balanced, glowing images which don’t look overworked or fussed over at all. They look rich, filled with light, and are composed in such an eye-pleasing way that the viewer can’t help but want to wander around inside them.

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Profile: Diane Wesman, Landscape Artist

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Above: August Eve, pastel on paper, 12 x 6 inches (approximate) ©Diane Wesman

The top 4 reasons everyone should have a landscape painter for a friend:

1. While you are busy painting rocks and insects they take in the big picture—they literally can see the forest for the trees.
2. They are always willing to brave the elements  and insects to sketch out with you. (See item 1 above for additional aspects of this willingness.)
3. On a road trip they will sketch while you drive, providing a delightful recap of the scenery of your journey.
4. When you give them a handmade journal (even it if has destressingly intense yellow pages) they fill it up with wondrous stuff.

I am fortunate that landscape artist Diane Wesman is a friend, for the above four reasons and a whole lot more. Read more about her art and an upcoming show of her work…

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