Last Saturday (1/25/2020), a super-cool new magazine launched, featuring art from various Bay Area women. The coral-themed inaugural issue includes fingernail art by Shawna H., poetry by Gabrielle Rae, digital illustrations by Kelly Heyer, poetry by Laurel Yando, collages by Angela Hockabout, drawings by Freda Maletsky, prints by Nicole Godreau Soria, and pastel portraiture by yours truly ! Check it out and order your very own copy at https://www.whetzine.online/
Illustration Contest Winner!
The literary journal Imitation Fruit has selected my painting The Animal People as the winner for an illustration context. They said: "Longtime Imitation Fruit contributor, Diana Blackwell won the "Let's Team Up Contest" with her cover art illustration "Animal People." The uniquely styled piece conjures up a film noir pack of friends you wouldn't want to cross in a dark alley.
Drawing the Dickens Fair
This delightful seasonal festival has really blossomed since I last attended ten years ago. The Cow Palace in SF becomes a charming recreation of Victorian London, with enough atmosphere to make fans like me slightly intoxicated. Ladies in bonnets and bustles stroll by with gentlemen in frock coats, while urchins in cloth caps and scamper past, looking for Oliver Twist.
Gallery Girls Drawing Event at Winchester Mystery House
Last Friday, the wonderful Gallery Girls came up to San Francisco from L.A. to do four hours of creative figurative posing (by six models!) with a murder-mystery theme. Extraordinary creativity went into the staging of the vignettes, and artists were free, during breaks, to explore the house, a gorgeous Victorian mansion with period furnishings.