Journal

Plein air painting in quarantine

There couldn’t be a better time to paint than in quarantine. In the first wave of the pandemic, the first lockdown in March/April 2020 I painted 17 paintings. There are no distractions and there’s no better way to soothe the need to make the best of the time at home. Now, in the second wave of the pandemic, it is […]
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Your vote needed!

Help! 🎨 😊 I have submitted my “Woman sunbathing by Lake Como” oil painting for an art contest by the #BROADMagazine and #theCurators – Visions. The finalists of the contest will be chosen by a jury and by a public vote. There are many, many beautiful artworks, yet I will highly appreciate if you have a moment and cast your […]
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The diminishing splendour by Lake Lugano

A mysterious glimpse of what used to be a gem of contemporary art collections, hidden in the heart of Europe. This closed-to-public house is a former (one of) home of the Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his fifth (I think) wife Carmen Cervera. This Villa was home to most glamorous parties and fabulous people, but more importantly – held what […]
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Views from a ferry

In my last trip to lake Como, Italy I found myself truly privileged to have a moment of the lake’s surroundings all to myself. What usually is a highly crowded place with close to impossible to make a photo of a view without someone’s head, hat, hand, wave, roof of a car or similar; now was a place of solitude […]
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Early morning in Pescalo

Current happenings around the world put things into a perspective and you want to spend your time for what you really care for and where you find yourself. The sobriety and sharp freshness of a morning sounds and sunlight is my reality kick, beautiful and fragile. The scene in early morning Pescalo village, near Bellagio in Lombardia, Italy. With a […]
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My art in Bellagio, Italy

Before I even start to share my joy of this amazing point in my life – being represented by a gallery in Bellagio, I’d first like to try to draw a picture of the place I’m talking about. I believe it is important not to feel like a topographic idiot. Allora, opening map to Italy, North of Italy. And then […]
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A woman in a red skirt

Like many, during the lockdown and the time of restrictions imposed for traveling, I tend to my memories and thoughts of travels yet to embark. Thinking about my trip to Italy this summer – one I most probably won’t be able to make (or if I will – it will not be the same as planned). The warm breeze of […]
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Story of a painting from Lake Como

Early morning, town asleep. A woman in a white silk dress, high heels, hair floating in the wind walks lightly down the empty streets of the town. There’s a fresh baguette in her hand and a clutch in the other. Each step synchronized with breathing, taking in the scent of the blooming flowers and that lovely smell of freshly baked […]
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Work in progress

A video glimpse into how a painting happened – How freesies became a painting by Diana Dzene (click here) (sorry, I still need to learn to work in WordPress to be able to insert this video in a user friendly way).   
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