Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Two score, no more.

I am busy today trying to celebrate a slightly nauseating milestone in my life, so I'll catch up with y'all here in a few about our recent trip to Montréal, Québec. In the meantime, here's a pic from the trip - me hangin' with James McGill of McGill University:

Monday, June 20, 2011

Heavens to Etsy!

I am happy to announce that I finally have set up an Etsy shop, where I will be selling fine art prints of paintings from my "fabrication" series (like the painting below) - here's the link to the shop, be sure to visit!

impossibilitea, 12"x16", oil on printed fabric. Get a print of it here!

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Hey! Been busy. More updates soon. In the meantime, here's a recent sketch of a friend from NC:

sketch of KC, oil on canvas, 12"x12"

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Loving the City of Brotherly Love.

Now that we're finally having decent weather here in the Northeast (i.e. not 100-degree days with full-on humidity), we've had some occasions in which to enjoy that which spring has to offer here in the City of Brotherly Love. We took some time to enjoy the outdoors a bit this past weekend while Gus – my father-in-law and a talented photographer – was in town, with a little jaunt toward the northwesterly region of the city. A lovely ride along Kelly Drive, right up against the Schuylkill River, led us out to historic Laurel Hill cemetery; below is a view from the heights of the cemetery overlooking the river:

We then ventured out toward the Chestnut Hill region of Philadelphia, driving through the lush overgrowth of Fairmount Park along the way. I love that you don't have to leave city limits to get a great amount of tree exposure. Yay for Fairmount Park! Anyway, in Chestnut Hill we lunched at the French Bakery, grabbed some treats for later from the Night Kitchen, and spent the afternoon wandering the grounds of the lovely Morris Arboretum. Here are some shots:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Identity crisis.

Given all of the recent creepy hoaxes involving bloggers faking their online identities, I just wanted to assure you, dear reader, that I am who I say I am! No fakes! Just as the header to this blog proclaims, I am Diane Feissel, an artist living and painting stuff in Philadelphia. Why, just the other day I had someone take a picture in the studio while I painted our cats, just so I could prove the veracity of my claims, behold:

 A wholly accurate* record of the happenings in the Feissel studio - June 13, 2011.

 *However, I don't usually wear a beret.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Go Fisher!

I can't believe it has taken me more than year and a half since returning to live in Philadelphia once again to discover the fabulous Fisher Fine Arts Library out in West Philadelphia, at the University of Pennsylvania. Besides being housed in a fantastically lovely Furness building, the library has also wooed me considerably with its plethora of monographs on some of my 19th-century favorites: Carolus-Duran, Eugène Carrière, Jules Bastien-Lepage, Gustave Caillebotte, Wilhelm Leibl, Franz von Lenbach, Max Liebermann, John Everett Millais, Gwen John, and oh, so many more. It's like heaven. And it's pretty - check it out:

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sans titre.

Hola Internet, all is pretty busy - and therefore currently pretty sleepy - chez Feissel... but before I turn it in for the night, I just wanted to share a little piece I'm working on currently (amongst many others) - more posts soon, once I get caught up on some sleep and everything else:

as-of-yet untitled painting, 12"x9", oil on linen, by Yours Truly, Diane Feissel.