Painting of the Week

Paintings of the Week – Before Breakfast & After Dinner

Studying Light Direction

Studying Light Direction

Driving towards our destination for a meeting in Maine, I spotted this beautiful Bed & Breakfast. Paul slowed down for me while I snapped pictures with my telephoto lens. This working draft will help with the nearly finished acrylic painting. My students traced my drawing, then we painted two pictures of the building with light from the left and then light from the right.

It was a fun challenge and my students got into it. The class painted the first study matching the photo with the light on the left, and on the second study we reversed the shadows. With watercolor, it was timely to move from one to another as the paint dried.








P.S. Please mark your calendar for this upcoming event:

Art for the Holidays’ 

December 10th, 2022 from 10:00 – 5:00 pm | Fargo Civic Center 207 North 4th Street, Fargo

This One-Day FREE event, sponsored by the city of Fargo, features top regional artists in a variety of mediums.  Make someone smile with the gift of original art! It’s like going to the studio crawl with only one stop.

Hope to see you there!


Ellen Jean Diederich had two paintings, Modeling Academy & Saddling Up, accepted into the:

Watercolor Society of Alabama’s
2022-23 National Online Showcase

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