Tuesday, August 26, 2008

All things political.

So - despite my raging cynicism, I think I was actually wooed by Michelle Obama's speech last night. Truly wooed. Moved. I was listening to it on NPR so it wasn't even that I was mesmerized by her beauty or anything... the words, they swayed me.

I can't decide if her ridiculously cute kids and the exchange with their father was overkill, though. Hmm.

In other political notes, please inform anyone and everyone you may know in Utah that my sister, the lovely and talented Katherine Lofft, is running as a Democrat for her district's (53) seat in the Utah state legislature. Here's her campaign website: Vote Lofft! (www.votelofft.com).

Monday, August 25, 2008

Still hunkered.

I'm camped out most of the time in front of paintings these days, so not a lot to report... though I was wishing I had my camera with me while I was doing some errands around Raleigh on Saturday. Things were lookin' good - cool mural by the Amtrak station, passed through a nice park - Edna Metz Wells park, I believe - near Cameron Village. Anyway, more photos soon, especially after we go away for Labor Day weekend (yesssss!!!!) In the meantime, here's a painting that's on my most recent postcard:
and now it is time to party, oil on printed fabric, 10"x10", by Diane Feissel

Friday, August 22, 2008

Beaucoup de travail.

Long time no post... I've been hunkered down in front of the easel with some portrait projects, and trying to slip in some other work on the side. Like painting polar bears.

Here's a portrait from back in early 2007, which I still need to post on the "commissions" part of my webpage. One of these days, man. I'll get there.

oil on canvas, 2007, Diane Feissel

Thursday, August 14, 2008

MacGregor's garden.

Yay, just found out the painting "MacGregor's garden" (see below) got into a juried show here in Raleigh. Hip hip!
MacGregor's garden, 2008, oil on printed fabric, 10"x10".

You can see more info on the show at this link.

Naturally, I remembered my Beatrix Potter incorrectly, and spelled the guy's name wrong; I could have sworn it was "MacGregor," but now it's looking like it might have been "McGregor." Drat, foiled again.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Wielding a staple gun.

Much of the weekend was spent doing errands, much of it painting-related. We rented a car and went out to French Connections in Pittsboro, where I got some more fabric for the series of paintings I'm calling "Fabrication". Man, I love that place - great fabric, great store, great owners. Anyway, I spent a large portion of the rest of the weekend stretching and prepping fabric. My thumbs are sore. Here's some of the product:
Stay tuned on that front... more updates when I have the time to actually paint.

Speaking of time to paint, I'm also still working on commissioned pieces. Here's one from last fall/winter that I still haven't posted yet to my website:

oil on canvas, 2007, 10"x8", by Diane Feissel.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Edwardian hijinks.

I just had to get this in here, for the record: John Edwards is a rat bastard.

Thank you for listening.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

SF Recap V: Who thought it would go on for this many posts?

Some last shots of the trip can be found here, including this one:
Yes, I had to get one last photo in here of ole Jumbo. This time with his Mom.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

SF Recap IV: Art- and animal-related.

Part of the SF mission (no, not that mission, my own personal mission, i.e., my reason for being there) was to deliver paintings. Behold: wee, sweet baby puppy (x2):
Both paintings oil on canvas, 2008, by Diane Feissel.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

SF Recap III: House Version.

Ok. I'm a little bit lazy... so instead of uploading every single picture I took of the oh-so-lovely Victorians while in San Francisco, I'm just going to link to the album I already created on Facebook. So, click here for more of this:

Monday, August 4, 2008

A brief non sequitur, Bert & Ernie-related.

Somehow I found this online recently. I can't help but think that it's no coincidence the author uploaded this video to YouTube on June 28, my birthday... it was like a little present, a little nugget of love waiting out there for me on the Internets. Enjoy.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

SF Recap II: Animal Version.

Here's a little photographic recap of the animals we encountered in our trip to San Francisco:
Here, of course, is Jumbo:

Dooley Dawg.
Random Chow on Stanyan:
Random dawg on Cole Street:
Koi in the Japanese tea garden, Golden Gate Park:
Muttprints on Ocean Beach:
Last but not least, the painting I did of Danny the Dog:
Danny, oil on panel, 14"x11", 2008, by Diane Feissel

Tomorrow: SF Recap III: Cool buildings.