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What Not to Bring—A Simple Approach to Plein Air Painting

East Ohio Street Pittsburgh by Diane Grguras © 2017.  All rights reserved.

East Ohio Street Pittsburgh by Diane Grguras © 2017.  All rights reserved.

We all know what a difference painting in the open air makes in the perception of light, color, and atmosphere. But the idea of packing up everything you think you'll need and hauling it to the perfect painting location is overwhelming. In this gallery talk, Diane will offer ideas and advice on bringing the essentials for plein air painting. She will show her outdoor setup, and do a quick demonstration on how she starts a pastel painting. There will be plenty of time for questions during and after the talk. 

Diane Grguras has a B.S. in Medical Illustration from The Ohio State University and an A.S. in Scientific Illustration from San Bernardino Valley College. She has worked in graphic design, illustration, and has taught art classes for adults and children.  

Her work in pastel considers color temperatures and the effect of light.

In addition to be a member of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League, Diane is represented by the Gallery of 43rd Street in Lawrenceville, and Glass Growers Gallery in Erie, PA.  

"My paintings are an expression of how I see and feel about the natural world. I appreciate its beautiful diversity, order, and logic. Painting outside has increased my observational skills by letting me see light, color, and atmosphere in their true appearance. It has also provided an awareness of the spiritual quality of the landscape. The idea that each person is unique and important is mirrored in nature.  

The artists whose work has been influential for me are Andrew Wyeth, Claude Monet, Wolf Kahn, and the California Impressionists."
— Diane Grguras, pastel artist

This talk and demonstration is one of several special events being held in conjuction with Pure Pigment, an exhibition presented by the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League. Pure Pigment is on display at The Artsmiths from April 9th through May 20th, 2017.