Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week – Off to Work

Value Groupings Make Interesting Shapes

Value Groupings Make Interesting Shapes

A couple of years ago, I was teaching a workshop in Bismarck. I drove from my host’s home down Washington to BAGA, located on Front Street, each morning. It was around 8:30 am and the expressway was lit up like a jewel, making a T where the streets joined in the distance. It was impossible to photograph the view. Surrounded by cars on both sides each morning, the place I wanted to stand and capture the moment was surely a death sentence.  Yet with my upcoming show at the Capital Gallery, it had to be painted. David Borlaug and Marcy Narum even went to work early to photograph the scene for me.  Armed with my memory, their photograph and 14 photographs of cars driving down the streets, this scene was pulled together.

The dramatic blue cars driving on the orange streets reflecting light give instant drama to this scene. It is however, the overlapping cars, connecting often diagonally, that suggest some lane changing action. That is so much the story of going Off to Work. Look closely how the value groupings of these cars are especially interesting as together they become asymmetrical shapes.







Good Vibrations

Featuring this week’s Painting of the Week – Off to Work  30” x 48” Original  Acrylic  painting

I hope to see you at the show!

Opening – Thursday, April 15th at 5:30 p.m.

Featuring Medora Frei, a watermedia artist and Ellen Jean Diederich

The Capital Gallery 109 North 4th Street, Bismarck, ND (701) 751-1698

The show runs Saturday April 10th– May 30th Mon-Sat 10:00-5:00

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Learn more about my new Acrylic workshop!

Plan & Paint with Acrylic

Instructor Ellen Jean Diederich RRWS, TWSA, WSA, WW

A three & 1/2-day workshop, held May 25-28th, 2021

Tues-Thurs 9:30 am -4:00 PM and 9:30 – 12:00 Friday

Limited to 8 (in-person only) students

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