Friday, November 28, 2008


So I'm just about done with the painting I'm putting in the upcoming show at Flanders 311, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" In case you don't get the reference, it's a riddle in Alice in Wonderland; this is an Alice-themed and -inspired exhibition. Here's the piece I'm putting in the show:
this is how it all begins
oil on printed fabric (toile)
16"x20" me, Diane Feissel

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Saw this sign at a dry cleaner's along Western Boulevard here in Raleigh:
...and I was very glad these guys don't own a hair salon.

If you have any question as to what to be thankful for this holiday, you can start by being grateful that your dry cleaner is not louse-infested.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

More commissionage.

Now that I have my dance moves down straight, I'm ready to post another portrait commission piece I (finally) finished recently. Here's one I sent off to Illinois last week:
d - portrait commission, oil on canvas, 2008, 16"x20", by me, Diane Feissel.
Currently I'm finishing up a painting for the next group show at Flanders 311, which is an Alice in Wonderland-themed show. Wheeee. It will be up in December and January.

And when I'm finished with this painting, I will definitely be doing the cabbage patch. Whoooooyeah.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Something new, every day.

It's true what they say, you really DO learn something new every day! Whether or not that thing you learn is of earth-shattering importance, however, is another matter.

John and I both had a mutual revelation of the earth-shattering variety this past week; we realized we have both misidentified the following dance as the "Mashed Potato" for years and years:

WRONG! That, of course, is the "Cabbage Patch," despite the fact it appears to have nothing to do with cabbages or their patches (or those freaky-looking dolls). I mean, come on! Doesn't that kind of look like what one does when one makes mashed potatoes? Kind of? And yet, this dance is the "Mashed Potato":

So what exactly does this spazzy movement have to do with mashed potatoes? Stomping grapes, maybe.

I'm wandering off to initiate a local chapter of the C.T.M.S.S.D.H.T.R.N. (Committee to Make Sure Stupid Dances Have the Right Names).

Friday, November 21, 2008

Snow day.

Wait - did I mention it snowed this morning? For reals? Here in North Carolina? Before Thanksgiving, even? People in Buffalo and Moscow are laughing at me and my minor snow flurries, but man, after 9 years in California and a current zip code south of the Mason-Dixon line, snow is a BIG DEAL. Here's a video I took out our back bedroom window:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

On a break.

I'm seriously thinking about going on a 6-month-long-ish hiatus with the portrait commission work... it's great and all, but it's been pretty non-stop for the past several years, and I need a little bit of a break. And why not take a break while the economy is tanking and people will probably be less likely to request commissions anyway? Yeah! Anyway, here is a recent one that was kind of fun, though, a little bitty 5"x7" ditty:
portrait commission, 2008, 5"x7", oil on panel, by me, Diane Feissel

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Once again, falling behind on things. Sigh.

I had intended to get some things done downtown yesterday, and participate in this protest, but alas - felled by a headache likely due to crazy low pressure systems causing tornadoes and such across the state, I missed it, and am very bummed out. It also means that I had to go downtown to do some errands and studio re-configuration on a Sunday, which means taking a cab - no damn busses on a Sunday. Thank you Raleigh! So convenient, really.

Despite my Raleigh public transportation-related gripes, last weekend John and I engaged in a full-force effort to re-discover the positive things about Raleigh and the Triangle region generally, as we hung out with friends who are in the middle of transition and possibly looking for a new place in which to settle themselves. John and I hope they will re-settle here, which would definitely make Raleigh more appealing to us!! In the meantime, since we were trying to sell them on the place, we took them to Morning Times. Good ole Morning Times:

In other Raleigh-based news and art-related news, my studiomate and I partially moved ourselves into our new studio at 311 West Martin Street - at least more or less - in time for First Friday this month. (For those of you who are keeping track, YES, it's the third studio I've been in within the same building - 311 West Martin - since last December. What can I say? I crave change.) Here's a glimpse of the stuff I put on the walls, pretty much the same stuff I had up out in San Francisco in mid-October:
311 West Martin Street Galleries and Studios
Happily, one of these recent "fabrication" paintings sold (to a very good home, yay) - one of my favorites, the following:
global warming will bring us together, oil on printed fabric, 2008, 12"x12", by me, Diane Feissel

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Progress, or the lack thereof.

This painting is one I've been working on in between portrait commissions and the "fabrication" series of paintings on fabric... very much in-progress. Needs help. We're getting there.
painting in progress, 2008 (possibly -2009), by me, Diane Feissel.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


I'm going to distract myself from the nerve-wrackingness of today, Election Day, and take some time to review some good things from the weekend before last, which I was too lazy to post about at the time.

We got to see (and hear, in fact) Paula Poundstone at the Carolina Theatre in Durham back on the 24th... I even got my book signed, yay!

It's the second time we’ve seen her this year – we also went to see her in Greensboro in January. You can never have too much Paula Poundstone in your year, in my opinion.

Since we had rented a car to get to Durham, we kept it for the rest of the weekend and went to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University to see the "El Greco to Velasquez" show of early 17th century Spanish painters. I have to give Bank of America some props, despite my earlier rant against them, for their sponsorship of this exhibition and therefore for saving me $6 on our admission price when using my BofA card. Whooo! I won’t spend that $6 all in one place, don’t worry.

So anyway, it was a good show, even if there were too many damn people (damn people!!) getting in my way and preventing me from hanging out in front of some of the paintings as long as I would like... such as the Ribera, for example. I was also fond of this one, however – love that still life action, gorgeous!

Unfortunately photos are FORBIDDEN in the Nasher and especially in the special exhibition; but I snuck one in from the front door (and managed not to get busted by any security guards, yesss) of that giant latex head. I love it.
Overall, a decent Durham experience. Thanks, Durham.

P.S. This was on the side of the road on the way into the Nasher. Random hubcap or art installation? You decide:

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Man, I'm not good at keeping up with this.

Hey, so I'm back. Why does it take me so long to get back to posting updates on this blog? Damn. Anyway, I meant to post updates on last weekend's trip to Durham for the "El Greco to Velasquez" show at the Nasher Museum... I'll get to that soon, but in the meantime here's a recent painting in the "fabrication" series:
Siamese twins
oil on printed fabric
by me, Diane Feissel