Friday, August 26, 2016

"Could Had a V-8" Ford Fairlane watercolor by Diane Morgan

I love painting cars.  I was born in Detroit.  I'm sure I have some motor oil in my veins.  Like Alfred Hitchcock I always place a little cameo of myself in my car paintings in a reflection. Watercolor on Arches 300# cold press.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Watercolor class at Inter Valley Health Plan

Always a fun group at the Thursday classes.  They accomplished a lot in just two hours!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

"Vinca Dinka Dew" watercolor class demo

Watercolor on Arches 140# cold press, 8 x 10.5"  Demo from watercolor class at Venus Studios Art Center.

Monday, July 25, 2016

"Poppy Shadows" juried in for publication in Studio Visit Magazine

Thrilled to be included in the next issue of Studio Visit Magazine.  
"Poppy Shadows" oil on canvas 36 x 36"

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Car Commission Two Mini Coopers oil on canvas

The red Mini was the first Mini Cooper they owned.  Purchased while living in the US.  They moved to Canada and the white convertible is the most recent purchase.  This commission is a little history of their life and Mini Cooper collection.   Oil on canvas 6 x 8"   Commissions welcome in both oil and watercolor starting at $500.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Three Cherries and Lace watercolor

My entry in this month's BoldBrush Painting Competition.
This watercolor was the demo for the all-day watercolor workshop at Venus Studios in January. Just finished it!  Watercolor on Arches 300# cold press, 11 x 16"

Friday, July 8, 2016

Always look for "The Silver Lining" oil on canvas

This has always been one of my favorites scenes to apple orchard in Washington State. From sunrise to sunset the beautiful changes in the landscape and clouds are an artist's dream.   Oil on canvas 12 x 12"

Monday, July 4, 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

"White Gardenia" commission in progress

Oil on canvas. 38 x 38"  One of two florals for a client's bedroom.  I love painting large florals.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

And, so it begins.... How I start an oil painting

And so it begins.....
I love prepping my canvas with orange. It leaves a lovely glow shining through oil glazes. I then draw the image with white charcoal. Next step... mixing lots of paint before I start.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"Sun Bathers" sunflower watercolor demo by Diane Morgan

Watercolor on Arches 300# cold press.  Unframed. Unmatted.  
Demo from watercolor class at Venus Studios in Palm Desert, CA

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

"Pepper" watercolor by Diane Morgan

"Pepper" watercolor on Arches 300# cold press.  Pepper was painted from a photo by Renata Dabney as a Facebook fun group endeavor.  Forty seven artists created their own interpretation.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

$99 class demo sale. Today's feature "Giraffic Park"

Watercolor on Arches 300# paper.  Unframed. Unmatted.  
See the entire $99 collection at

Monday, June 15, 2015

Watercolor Class Demo "A Good Walk Unspoiled"

Demo from Friday's watercolor class at Venus Studios Art Supply. Watercolor on Arches 300# cold press.  Unframed.  Unmatted.

Monday, April 13, 2015

"Martini Sunrise" newest oil on canvas

Happy accident.  I leaned a martini watercolor up against a sunrise oil and thought.....I need to combine these images. So, here it is!   Oil on Canvas 36 x 24"

Sunday, December 21, 2014

"Buddy and Baby's Love Letter. Commission oil replica of Fragonard's "The Love Letter"

Commissioned oil replica of Jean-Honore Fragonard's "The Love Letter" with client's doggies added. Oil on canvas.  28" x 36"

Monday, December 15, 2014

Commission work-in-progress Oil on canvas

Client wanted a replica of Jean-Honore Fragonard's "The Love Letter" replacing the cocker spaniel with her two pups.  Still a little work to do on the face and add the dogs.  Almost done! 
Oil on canvas 28" x 36"

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Plop plop Fizz fizz

Watercolor on Arches watercolor board  11 x 8-1/2"   Class demo. $99

Monday, December 8, 2014

"Dipped and Swirled" off to new home in Connecticut. $99 demo sale reopened until end of December.

"Dipped and Swirled" is on its way to a new home in Connecticut.  In the spirit of giving I've reopened the $99 demo sale until the end of December.  Check back often.  New pieces will be added regularly

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"Martini Sunrise" accidental idea

Not tequila sunrise, but  “Martini Sunrise.”  

I inadvertently leaned my martini painting up against a recent landscape. Top half is an oil; bottom a watercolor.  I thought …….hmmmmmm…… I might have something here.  I think I will have to paint this combo.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"Sunken Treasure" watercolor class demo

Tried a new surface.  Arches watercolor board.  It's quite nice.  Fun to work with.  Stains a little easier with some colors, but overall I'd give it a two thumbs up.  No buckling because the entire sheet is glued to a board.  No need to tape or staple to a support.  Comes in 32" x 40" sheets.  Quite reasonable.  "Sunken Treasure" 8-1/2" x 11"

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Watercolor Show reception at Rancho Mirage Library.

Had fun at the Rancho Mirage Public Library reception for the three watercolor ladies.... Robin St. Louis, Moira Johannessen and yours truly.  Unbelievably, Solveig Rimstad who lives in Norway sent her Palm Desert cousin Inger Yarijian with a beautiful bouquet of flowers for me. That's the second time she has done this. Thank you Solveig!  Inger took a picture, I thought, but it is missing from my camera. Must not have pushed the button hard enough.