Description Watercolor and pastels 15 x 22 Painting on 300 lb Arches Cold Press. Professionally matted/framed behind Museum Glass 20.75 x 27. This forest scene started with a technique using fresh paint deliberately placed on glass reversing the different colors based on my design. I dampen the watercolor paper and place it on the glass, smoothing and pressing slightly for a minute or two then carefully lift it off. I let it dry totally before adding to the background. I painted the trunks first to develop my design in the trees. Next I added conte crayons to the trunks. The leaves and branches were a combination of both. I loved how the two mediums lifted the painting in ways each couldnt have done by themselves. I haven't used pastels since I was 12.
Diana Nadal, Portland Member Since March 2014 Artist Statement I am a native Oregonian, mother of 3, grandmother of 3 and wife of 50 years who had found creative outlets as an interior designer and business owner before focusing my creative energy to being a full-time artist 13 years ago.
My inspiration comes from family travels, wine, reflections and shadows on water and other surfaces, scenes with people doing ordinary but interesting things and portraits. I can't resist painting an interesting face! I prefer to paint realistically but lately my emphasis has been on more expressionistic and abstract subjects.
I taught my first workshop on Exploring Liquid Watercolors Using webbing, textures and other techniques--"Making It Your Own," and am interested in teaching artists how to start their own critique groups.