Diane MarcotteI’m Diane Marcotte and Art Essentials is my blog about art. Topics I will cover are:

  • Artists whose work I admire
  • Tips for creating your own artwork
  • Step-by-step demonstrations of my art
  • Recommended books, DVDs, websites, etc.

About Me

Born in Montreal and now living in Oakville, Ontario, I dabbled in oil painting before a career in banking took over. Only when I retired did I begin painting again – this time in earnest. I have always loved the transparency of watercolour paintings and so I began painting solely in this medium. Then I discovered Pan Pastels and I now take commissions to paint pet portraits in this wonderful medium. Recently I have been drawn to Alcohol Inks for their vibrancy and jewel-like tones. The inks permit me to blend looseness with detail – my preferred combination.

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And please visit my website for information on Pet Portrait commissions, to view my art, or to check out my Events page.




  1. Hélène Cossette says:

    Hello Diane,
    First I want to say a huge thank you for your generosity in sharing your step by step of your beautiful poppies. I live in Ste-Anne de Bellevue and being from Montreal you most probably know about it. ? I did join some time ago but I have never received any emails. I don’t know what happen. Too bad for me that you moved in Ontario. I would love so much to meet artist working with the inks and I wonder if you know of any. I discovered this method about 5 months ago and totally addicted. Also, I joined the June Rollins art group of face book. So exciting isn’t ?

    I anticipate an answer from you that I would so much appreciate.
    Thank you again for sharing your knowledge,


  2. Alison Board says:

    Hi Diane, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for featuring me on your blog, I feel very honoured that you would take the time to like my work, let alone promote what I do.

    I’m so pleased that you like what I do and I would very much like to share your blog on my social media, would that be okay?

    If you would like to get in touch, please do.
    Kindest Regards

    • How kind of you to contact me! Yes, I would be honoured if you shared my blog on your social media.

      I live in Canada so cannot attend your workshops… thank goodness I can watch your SAA videos! I have a supply of Brusho colours and I’m anxious to do a painting a la Alison C. Board style.

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