Friday, May 31, 2013

'Painting From Photos'

I’ll be the first to admit that I am no photographer.  That said, I take tons of photos when I travel locally or abroad, and have painted, and continue to paint, from many of them. Nonetheless, I often ask others if they would allow me to paint one of their photos that catches
my eye.  More often than not, they say it is fine.  Some even say they would be honored, which absolutely thrills me!  I image that other artists feel the quite the same.

A few months back, as I was perusing photos on the internet,  I ran across a talented professional landscape photographer from the Washington, D.C. area, Navin Sarma, that was very impressive. He was kind to allow me to paint one of his beautiful photographs from a trip to Olympia National Park in Washington State.  My painting from his photo of “Shi-Shi Beach Life” now graces the front page of my website. 

The painting below was inspired by a photo taken by a friend of a friend, Lynette Aldridge from the Atlanta, GA  area.  Her husband is originally from Brazil, South America, where they travel from time to time to visit family.  After seeing some of the photos that Lynette posted on Facebook, I asked if she would allow me to paint this particular beach scene.  She said it would be fine. 

'Bazilian Beach'
11x14" Oil on Canvas Board
Photo by: Lynette Aldridge

Just yesterday another friend posted a beautiful waterfall in Blue Ridge, GA that I would also love to paint in oils.  Asked and agreed.  So stay tuned, and I will post that one soon.  Translated, that means as soon as I can focus on it.  I have a long list of friend’s photos that I also love, and look forward to laying out on canvas.

Please keep in mind, if you ever plan to paint from a photograph, you should never do so without express permission.  There are very strong copyright laws that protect photographic works of individuals from being copied, painted, or otherwise reproduced.

Have a great day…and keep your brush wet and moving!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

'Spring Cleaning'

‘Spring Cleaning’

I’ve recently read different organizers mention how a messy area is anti-productive.  Having lived my entire life with symptoms of ‘Attention Deficient Disorder’, I find that keeping my desk, or art studio,  clutter-free does not appear to be an option for me, at least for any length of time.  But, does it really matter if your work area is messy?  After all, I have brought over 60 representational oil paintings to fruition in the past 5 years, all with a messy studio. Does creativity flow more smoothly in an organized area?  Or is the creativity and aura of peace only in the mind of the painter?

Regardless, I have an innate sense of order, if only in my own mind, that allows me to know where to locate everything I need at the moment, regardless of the disorder visible to the visitor’s eye.  That is, of course, as long as no one (i.e. my tidy husband) comes along and moves it to a new location.  Now, that can send me reeling out of control! 

A little flurry of a cleaning and clearing in my studio won’t be the first time I have attempted such a makeover.  Almost every spring and fall, my spirit is stirred, and I need to clean out some clutter.  In fact, I just recently reorganized my clothes closet.  I even matched all of the hangers, and found a spot for each pair of shoes.  Having a built-in cabinet to hide my handbags and jewelry didn’t hurt at all.  In fact I actually found tons of space that I didn’t know I had!  I suppose I even took some pride in my ‘new’ closet, once the work was completed. 

So.... I suppose since spring has arrived,  I will apply a bit of ‘spring cleaning’ to my art studio in the coming weeks, if only to satisfy that conflicted part of me that has been told over and over throughout the years that a “cluttered work area induces a cluttered mind”.   
I promise to post an ‘After Photo’.  My hope is that I can still create in the art area once it is tidy. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"Don't Buy Into The Lie" by Diane K. Hewitt


“Don't buy into the Lie”
by Diane K. Hewitt

It's about time!  I am finally settling into what I would consider a somewhat "normal" routine for 2013. Christmas decorations are put away, my house is put back to normal, and my mind is refocused on my art career. Yes, there, I have said it….’career’.  It has taken me over 5 years to admit that my art is my ‘career’ not just a hobby, as many would think.  Just yesterday my nail technician asked about my recent first group exhibition.  When I told her it was a great success for the hospital, but I did not sell any paintings.  She replied, “Your art is just a hobby, so why be concerned about selling anything?” 

Nevertheless, starting off 2013 with my first showing was extremely exciting!  It was a group Art Exhibition at Emory Eastside Hospital in the Greater Atlanta Area. The five paintings I delivered remained  on the walls of their new Patients Tower throughout the month of January. Around 800 people were in attendance for the Grand Opening of the Hospital’s state-of-the-art Patients Tower, despite threats of sleet and snow.  Unfortunately, I was not well, and was unable to attend the Opening.  However, I was very grateful for the opportunity, and for my friend and mentor, Duck Ae Karasek, who believed in me enough to recommend my art to the show’s organizers.

With the new year also comes a new sense of 'self' for this painter. Better choices on my part WILL result in more time in the studio, and better art. Of that, I am certain!  The other day I had an absolute "ah ha" moment , after reading a devotion posted on a friend's Facebook page. There is absolutely no reason for one to "buy into the lie" that this is all there is in life. One’s choices formulate their reality.  And, reality can change with different choices.  So, this year I will choose to accept nothing less than who I am authentically meant to be....a painter!

Wikipedia defines 'authenticity' as "...the truthfulness of origins, attributions, commitments, sincerity, devotion, and intentions" and " the degree to which one is true to one's own personality, spirit, or character, despite external pressures."Merriam-Webster defines it as being: "true to one's own personality, spirit, or character."

I realize that the word ‘authenticity’ means different things to different people. I suppose it depends on where they are in their life's path. Some may see it as not being 'fake' to their friends and acquaintances, allowing them to see their true personality 'flaws and all'. Not putting on a smile for others while hurting deeply on the inside. For me, at this time in my life, ‘authenticity’ means being the real artist that I know I can become with daily study and intense practice.  I can not allow external forces, such as critical self-talk, excessive social media, petty household duties, needy spoiled pets, and plain old procrastination, to get in the way of what I am authentically meant to do in growing my career.  Doing so would only result in my own "lack of authenticity."

In summary, my wish for all of you in 2013 is the gift of ‘authenticity’, however it may apply.

Diane K. Hewitt

P.S. I feel sure that Oprah would be proud that I finally got it!


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Friday, November 30, 2012

"Christmas Cabin" by Diane K. Hewitt

“Christmas Cabin” by Diane K. Hewitt
16x20” Oil on Canvas 
There’s something about Christmas that always brings the heart “Home for the Holidays”, as Kenny Loggins once sang.   This painting of a log cabin in the snow at sunset  warms my heart, but the Christmas tree lights and the wreath boasting it’s message:  “Merry Christmas Y’all” brings the real spirit to the painting.  The light in the cabin’s window stirs the imagination.  Could it be a quiet evening inside spent by the fireplace reading a book?  Or perhaps it’s a celebration of the season with friends and family? Whatever is imagined for the inhabitants of this home, this painting is sure to warm the heart. Merry Christmas Y’all!

Art makes a lovely gift for a loved one!  I provide "Gift Vouchers" toward a piece of the Gift Recipient's choice.  Just contact me to get a Size/Price List at:  CLICK HERE .  Greeting cards are available at:  Fine Art America .

"CHRISTMAS CABIN" *Price $500.00
*Price reflected includes professional framing, and shipping within the contiguous U.S.A.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Crossing Chapel Creek by Diane K. Hewitt

“Crossing Chapel Creek” by Diane K. Hewitt
8x10” Oil on Canvas Board
I can still hear the gentle tinkle of water as it flowed under this multi-colored stone bridge, with soft afternoon light peeking though the floral and fauna of the green forest, and the soft whisper of the cool breeze coming through the trees.  The bridge is situated atop a creek adjacent to the Chapel at Calloway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA.  

To purchase this painting, or view more of Diane Hewitt's paintings, please visit her Virtual Gallery Website by clicking: HERE

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Comin' Home

'Comin' Home'
8x8" Oil on Canvas Panel

I have driven past this cabin and truck many times over the past twelve years, as we have driven to my family's cabin in the North Georgia Mountains.  I’m sure I am not the first, nor will I be the last, to take the opportunity to paint this beautiful piece of history. The owners must feel that the old cabin and rusty truck deserves to be experienced by travelers in the area, since they keep the grounds very well maintained.  I very much appreciate the efforts of the owners.  They have kept  a part of the area’s rich history intact, and as a result everyone who passes enjoys a glimpse of Georgia’s past.