Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Fishing off the pier on St. Simons Island is a favorite pastime for kids of all ages. I met Charles last week, doing just that. He came fully prepared with multiple rods and a cooler full of bait. After getting all set up, he sat and enjoyed the ocean breeze while waiting for the fish to bite. I have to say, I enjoyed that breeze myself - there is no place quite like the pier! :)

PS - I know this looks like it belongs in my "men at work" group. While that series was specific to my home renovations, I am still drawn to the concept... please stay tuned.

Posing with Charles and my finished painting. Thanks, Charles!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Men At Work - Series Collage

Men At Work - the collage!

Our renovations are finished!!! Here are many of our workmen, all together, representing months of work. From planning, to scheduling, to selecting materials and executing the plan... it's been quite a project. I've had so much fun painting these guys that I feel some new directions coming on, and I'm excited to see where those lead. Many thanks to our wonderful team of craftsmen!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Boss and his Punch List - men at work

The Boss and his Punch List, 8 x 6, oil on panel © 2015

THIS is a happy sight. In Texas, we have saying, "get 'er done". It kind of encapsulates the overwhelming sensibilities at the end of any big job like this. Everyone is just READY to be finished. I am soooo ready. I loved doing it, loved making the choices, loved all the workers who crossed the threshold, love the results, AND now I'm going to love some peace and quiet. Thank you, Boss! It's beautiful. We could not be happier. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Electrician - men at work

The Electrician, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

You may have been thinking that we were finished with this project here, since I painted the clean up crew for my last post. No, that is not how it works. They clean up and then create a new mess. While each round does get you closer to the finished product, "things" happen. Suddenly, the electrical stops working in just one area. It's a mystery, but thank goodness, our handy electrician figured it out. Hair dryers can now be fired up without blowing fuses. All is well. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Clean Up Crew - men at work

The Clean Up Crew, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Let us not forget the ever-important clean up team... At every stage of our renovation project I was almost as happy to see the area cleaned up as I was to see the new work. Call me crazy, but I like surfaces to be clean and paths to be clear. Thank you, thank you, thank you to those whose mission it was to clear the decks! :)

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Tile Man - men at Work

The Tile Man, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Here is another one of my new BFF's from the house project. Since we were remodeling bathrooms, there was a fair amount of tile work that had to be done and this guy stayed busy. I think construction work might be where the quote "measure twice, cut once" comes from. Avoiding waste and do-overs is every contractors goal - it's true for any project though, isn't it? 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Old Water Tank

Old Water Tank, 12 x 9, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

I have been spying this water tank for quite some time, and finally had the chance today to get out and paint it. As the sun lit up the tank against a cloudy sky, it absolutely glowed! It was a lovely combination of color and light. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Swirling Sky

Swirling Sky, 12 x 9, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

A weekend trip to the Georgia coast brought me to this gorgeous marsh scene in "afternoon shower" mode. The roiling clouds were full but the distant rains never made it over the marsh to where I was painting. Dramatic skies like this always take my breath away; and it's a joy when I get to stop and paint them.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jennifer's Garden

Jennifer's Garden, 12 x 9, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

A recent visit to my friend's garden presented me with this little scene. It felt a bit like being in a European village, and spending a morning painting there was exactly like being on a lovely vacation! My great thanks to Jennifer, who always leaves her gate open and the light "on". I so appreciate her generosity! :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Old Corner Station

Old Corner Station, 12 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

This weekend, Plein Air Austin met up in the little town of Driftwood, just outside of Austin. It's pretty small and this little corner gas station is a piece of the past. There was a grove of trees right across the street that provided a shady spot for setting up. What a lovely morning! It was quite wonderful to paint with old friends that I haven't seen for awhile. :)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tall Pines

Tall Pines, 16 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

On Friday, I had the good fortune of joining a good friend at her serene, forested property in Bastrop, Texas. This is the little town east of Austin that suffered horrible fires a few years ago. Many families lost their homes, and thousands upon thousands of beautiful Loblolly Pines were destroyed. Painting these majestic old-growth specimens felt like being on sacred ground. Indeed, this is a special place. My deepest thanks, TB! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Brick Cutter - men at work

The Brick Cutter, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Wow - it has been quite awhile since my last post! I really didn't mean to go AWOL, but sometimes it happens. I have been off having a wonderful family reunion with our children and their babies. Life can not be sweeter than that. I'm already dreaming of our next visit! 

In addition, our home renovations are very near completion, with only the punch list left to complete. The messy piles are gone, the street is no longer lined with trucks and trailers, and most importantly, we have moved our household belongings back into place. It's a great feeling and I love the results. But, I am also very ready to have my life back. Soon... the end is oh, so close. :)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Rolling Meadow - Exhibit at Davis Gallery

Rolling Meadow, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
Available at Davis Gallery

"A Summer Place Where We Can Go" Group Show
Davis Gallery, 837 West 12th, Austin, Texas
On display through August 8

Even though I couldn't be at the Davis Gallery reception this weekend, a dear friend of mine sent me the photo below of "my" wall. Thank you LK!!! My submissions for this summer's show feature some of my favorite Texas wildflower scenes, and it's fun to see them all framed up and hanging together. 

Left: Scattered Clouds, 30 x 24
Top right: Hills of Color, 9 x 12
Top bottom: Rolling Meadow, 9 x 12

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hills Of Color - Exhibit at Davis Gallery

Hills of Color, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
Available at Davis Gallery

"A Summer Place Where We Can Go" Group Show
Davis Gallery, 837 West 12th, Austin, Texas
Reception June 27, 7-9 pm
On display through August 8

This painting is also available at Davis Gallery. I painted it this spring, during our spectacular wildflower season. The wildflowers are always gorgeous, but this year was especially abundant! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Scattered Clouds - Exhibit at Davis Gallery

Scattered Clouds, 30 x 24, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2015
Available at Davis Gallery 

Davis Gallery's annual summer show opens officially this weekend with a reception on Saturday night. Unfortunately, I will have to miss the party for a wedding, but my paintings (including this one) will be there. Please stop by!

"A Summer Place Where We Can Go" Group Show
Davis Gallery, 837 West 12th, Austin, Texas
Reception June 27, 7-9 pm
On display through August 8.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Mixer - men at work

The Mixer, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015 

I have noticed that large home improvement projects involve quite a bit of collaboration. Each phase requires purposeful preparation, step-by-step execution, and the all-important clean up duty. I found this worker fully engaged on the "prep" line, mixing up muddy materials that were needed for rebuilding a wall. Not every task is glamorous, but every job is important and strategic for overall project. I so appreciate how it all fits together!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Gardener - men at work

The Gardener, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Early morning is the time to garden in Texas. I discovered this gardener getting a good jump on the day, digging and planting before the heat set in. What I loved most was the slanted sliver of light illuminating him from behind. It's such a treat to catch unexpected scenes like this... a nice reward for getting up and out! :)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Brick Layer - men at work

The Brick Layer, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Our renovations included a little bit of expansion and the bumping out of walls. Those newly captured areas were finished off by the Brick Layer, who expertly blended current day materials with the old. He quietly went about his work - measuring, marking, and setting plumb lines in preparation. Then, he frosted each brick with mortar and carefully repaired all the gaps. It was slow and messy, but a fascinating process. Looking at the new walls now, you would think they had always been there! 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Floor Man - men at work

The Floor Man, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

You may remember from one of my posts earlier in the year that we are having some work done on our home. Well, we are still at it, but very near the finish line. YAY! I've loved watching all the craftsmen work their magic, and seeing the transformation of spaces from before to after. I guess it was only time before I would start painting the project. This is the first of my "men at work" series... :)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Vintage Farmstead - Georgia Coast

Vintage Farmstead, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

This old barn was once part of the day to day operations of the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation in Brunswick, GA. The plantation played a role in the history and culture of Georgia's rice production along the coastal waterways, and its giant oak trees are spectacular, complete with Spanish moss rustling in the breeze off the marsh. I love imagining life here, back in the day.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Morning Stroll - Georgia Coast

Morning Stroll, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Have I mentioned that I am feeling more and more drawn to adding people into my paintings? One blogger friend of mine finds that figures give us identification... we can relate to them and that invites us into the scene. I think it's true. It adds, well... life! When this mama and son walked into my view, suddenly nothing else mattered but their connection to each other. My focus totally shifted. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Docked Shrimp Boat - Georgia Coast

Docked Shrimp Boat, 12 x 16, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Commercial shrimp boats are constantly trawling the horizon on the Georgia Coast. Their complicated rigging is quite distinctive, not to mention the commotion of birds, dive bombing for the refuse. It's a huge industry and the harvest is enjoyed in most local restaurants. This shrimper was "in" for service and I was able to paint it at rest. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ocean Sunrise - Georgia Coast

Ocean Sunrise, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Early morning on the beach is always a surprise and delight. Some days the sun rises like a "red rubber ball" and other days it is soft and shrouded in the cool blues of cloud cover. On this particular morning it was the latter (my favorite actually), and I was happy to be out there, setting up in the dark, full of anticipation. Right on time, the sun slipped up the horizon quietly and subtly, and ever so elegantly. 

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Sunlit Steeple Door - Georgia Coast

Steeple Door, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Christ Church on St. Simons Island was first built in 1820, under giant oak trees covered in Spanish moss. It's location is famous for being the spot where John and Charles Wesley brothers preached in the early 1800's. (Soon after, the brothers went back to England and founded the Methodist Church.) In the civil war, the church was partially destroyed by Union troops, and then rebuilt in 1884. It is a beautiful place inside and out, a treasured landmark on the island, and it's also where we worship when we are in town!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Beach Bridge - Georgia Coast

Beach Bridge, 12 x 16, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Recently I have been getting the urge to add people into my paintings. I'm not exactly sure why, but with this painting it was overwhelming. When I got it home (finished but with no figures), I decided to go for it. I got my brushes back out and added the suggestion of a few beach lovers into the scene, working from photos I had taken. It changed everything. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Roadside Sales - Georgia Coast

Roadside Sales, 8 x 10, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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This veggie truck is always set up at a busy intersection in Brunswick, GA; and I have wanted to paint it for a couple of years. On my recent visit, I finally pulled over, found a safe place to stand across the street, and was able to paint to my heart's content. I had so much fun with its bright green color and watching its hopping sales activity!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lovely Lane Shadows - Georgia Coast

Lovely Lane Shadows, 10 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

This little chapel on St. Simons Island has seen many a wedding celebration and the setting could not be more picturesque! It's particularly beautiful as the afternoon shadows drape its story-book facade. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

River Road - Georgia Coast

River Road, 8 x 16, oil on panel, L Daniel © 2015

I was able to stick around and paint for a week after my workshop on St. Simons Island. The weather was perfect - sunny but not too hot - and ideal for being outside. It felt like a real gift... to get out and enjoy the adventure of plein air from sun up to sundown. This is one of the paintings from some of my off-roading that week! :)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Quiet Pond - Georgia Coast

Quiet Pond, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

"Beware the Alligator" is what this title should really be! The whole time I was painting, a local alligator was swimming back and forth in this pond (his home), keeping a close watch. I think we made a non-verbal commitment to each other stay put and not venture past territorial lines. This was not hard for me. I had no intention of getting any where near the boundaries of his comfort zone. Believe it or not, I was actually able to forget he was out there, and I was safe for another day of painting. :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dune Shadows - Georgia Coast

Dune Shadows, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Slumping sand dunes and soft cast shadows always grab my eye... there is something so peaceful about the horizontal-ness of it all. This was a windy morning (though you can't see that in my painting), so using an umbrella was impossible for this little sea-grass study. Painting small and fast was the order of the day.