Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week – Choir of Angels

Painting the Arts

Here is a painting with Clara Piepkorn, a much loved Choir director at First Lutheran Church in Fargo, performing for the congregation. My girls and their cousins both sang in the children’s choir, so I included them and many of their friends. What really challenged me were the beautiful stained glass windows by Cyrus Running. I worked so hard to do it justice, as I felt responsible for portraying his work. Hopefully, he would give it a thumbs up. The blue violet robes (the color complement) helped bring out the gold tones of the glass the most.

Music seems to bond people together, and I hope you are enjoying it. I love singing Christmas carols. In fact, Bob Lind of the Forum Newspaper, at Clara‘s suggestion, interviewed me about my painting Choirs of Angels and asked me if I was a singer.  I explained how I loved choir, but apparently was the only one who thought I could sing. In fact, my kids came up to me after sitting in on another service and said loudly “Mom we sat next to a lady who was even a worse singer then you!”  To that I asked the man who sat in front of me each Sunday, “I’m not that bad of a singer am I?” He looked at me and didn’t answer.

Bob Lind finished his article stating “And it’s certainly a good thing Ellen entered the world of art instead of the world of music.”

For this painting, I used the blue and gold combo to make the glass sparkle. The gold was created from a harmony of orange, yellows, greens and browns. To get the stain glass effect, I would paint on it with the dry brush technique and then lift sparkles out with the dry brush technique and then repaint areas with little tiny shapes.


2020 Workshops Schedule

With Instructor Ellen Jean Diederich TWSA, RRWS, WSA

For an attractive printable gift certificate for workshop simply request in the notes when you sign up.

Building Transparent Layers in Watercolor

Workshop Tuesday-Friday April 14-17 9:00-3:30 p.m. Fargo, ND

Acrylic Landscape Painting

Workshop June 2-5 9:00-3:30 p.m. Fargo, ND


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