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Diane Leifheit

Adirondacks Seasonally Speaking

As a pastel plein air painter, color is what grabs Diane Leifheit. Her home base, the Adirondack region, contains the whole spectrum of color from the blue that is a shadow in a snowbank to the myriad greens of summer, to the riot of autumn leaves. Working outside in all but the cold, Diane brings home the immediacy of the Adirondack landscape that painting plein air delivers. Leifheit’s medium of pastel allows her to construct a very close interpretation of a particular landscape, but also exhibit the freedom to capture a mood in the work i.e. misty mornings, swirling snow storms or the atmosphere of a hot, humid day.

A visit to Leifheit’s studio will put a face to her work and the artist. Browsers are encouraged. Leifheit is always open to talking about how pastel meets paper. 

Visit Diane’s artist website HERE

Diane would have had her artwork on display at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library for the month of August. 

Summer Trumpets
This is glory, reaching for the sun.
pastel
22″x34″ framed
$2200

Spring Chill for Maurice
A wonderful spirit took off this day while the still leafless hills reached for spring sun.
pastel
11″x14″ framed
$500

End of the Season
The unoccupied vegetable stand seemed jaunty even though all there were only pumpkins.
pastel plein air
11″x14″ framed
$500

Frog Palace
sometimes the least obvious composition is the most challenging.
pastel plein air
11″x14″ framed
$500

Storm Coming
Stories old barns tell, mostly past, the ad-on for the chickens, another piece of equipment, then quiet.  The grasses return to the edges of the barn
pastel plein air
16″x20″ framed
$1000

Cloud Dance
How to make clouds stand still?
pastel plein air
16″x12″ framed
$550

Still Snow-Capped
A May plein air outing, the mountains profile melting into the sky.
pastel plein air
10″x18″ framed
$500

Pretty Day in the Neighborhood
Blazing, an opportunity to use all those brights in the box!
pastel plein air
12″x16″ framed
$550

Breaking Cover
“Hurry Up!” , mamma call as the fluff balls stop for a scratch of earth. 
pastel 
16″x20″ framed
$1000

Reluctant Transition
Oh the conflict! Fresh snow and fresh greens.
pastel 
7.5″x18″ framed
$550

Dappled Walk
What lies ahead?
pastel 
12″x9″ framed
$450

Adirondack Bounty
The old quilt – a find at a yard sale, the pumpkins from a friend, the High Peaks from Lake Champlain.  What a wealth of inspiration this North Country reveals.
pastel 
30″x40″ framed
$3800

Everton Falls
Hidden in plain site, the falls flow close to the road.
pastel plein air
12″x16″ framed
$550

Birds Eye View
The High Peaks from high above on the Wild Walk
pastel plein air
12″x28″ framed
$1100

Million Dollar View
Water and air sparkled at the same time, filling the air with August light.
pastel plein air
12″x16″ framed
$5500

Marshmallow Snow
Ground is colder than flowing water, hence the caps on stepping stones.
Pastel
16×12
$550

Tangled Contrasts
Snow is an opportunity to bring more blue into the equation.
pastel 
12″x10″ framed
$450

Solstice
So low in the horizon, yet the even days and nights are over, daylight becoming incrementally longer. 
pastel 
24″x18″ framed
$1500

Murder of Crows
The shush of the first snow muffles the call of the murder.
pastel 
12″x18″ framed
$500

Almost See My Breath
Light sculpts the snow, the chill at bay with the last of the sun. 
pastel 
11″x14″ framed
$500