Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ocean Sunrise - Georgia Coast

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

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Marsh Sunset - Georgia Coast

Marsh Sunset, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Everyone was exhausted as Day Two of my workshop ended. But like I said before, these students were ready for adventure. We all dug down deep, found a little more energy, and went out for a sunset painting. Set up in a line along the marsh, we painted fast and furiously in anticipation of that last bit of light. Painting the sunset is a challenge. In the last minutes, each second offers a new and delicious combination of colors. Anticipating the changes and knowing when to stop is always the trick. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

River Sailing - Georgia Coast

River Sailing, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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I just returned home from the Georgia coast, where I taught a workshop on St. Simons Island. My students were fabulous - very fun, completely "on task", and game for anything. This is my demo from the first day in the workshop. That sailboat came 'round the corner on the river just in time to be added in, as a sparkly accent on the horizon. I love those little serendipities in life! :)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Marshland Creek - Third Place in Fine Arts and Flowers Show!

Marshland Creek Study, 16 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
Third Place Winner - Fine Arts and Flowers Exhibit
Glynn Visual Arts, St. Simons Island, Georgia

I am thrilled to share that "Marshland Creek Study" took third place in the Fine Arts and Flowers Exhibit at Glynn Visual Arts on St. Simons Island, Georgia. This is the first time I have participated in a juried show that pairs up painters and floral designers, and I was delighted by the idea. First, the paintings are juried into the show. Next, juried floral artists are each assigned a painting to interpret with flora and fauna. Finally it all comes together in a colorful exhibit. I am honored to be in the winner's circle with painters Nancy Boren (1st place), Katie Dobson Cundiff (2nd place) and John Guernsey (honorable mention.) Although I was unable to attend the opening, I hear it was a gorgeous thing to behold. 

The floral interpretation of my painting, arranged by Pat Collins (below), took First Place in the Flower Division. Congratulations to Pat and to all who participated!! Many thanks to the organizers of the show and juror Sarah Lamb.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Stable Grasses

Stable Grasses, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

The waving grasses all around this farmstead were thick, and full of color and life. I loved spending a quiet afternoon painting this weathered and comfortable place. 

Please join me for a workshop in St. Simons Island, GA. Coming up soon...
Color and Value in Landscape - Plein Air Workshop
April 30-May 2, 2015 
Anderson Fine Art Gallery | St. Simons Island, GA

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hill Country Ranch

Hill Country Ranch, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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This is a very typical Hill Country scene; and little paths like this always catch my eye. Here, the combination of red grasses, Bluebonnets, and Black-eyed Susans had a delightful layered effect, and it made me want to walk in to explore a little more. I behaved and stayed outside the gate to paint, but it was awfully tempting! :)

Please join me for a workshop in St. Simons Island, GA. It's a beautiful time to be on the island painting, and I would love to see you there!


Color and Value in Landscape - Plein Air Workshop
April 30-May 2, 2015 
Anderson Fine Art Gallery | St. Simons Island, GA

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Blanketed Hillside

Blanketed Hillside, 8 x 16, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Last week, Plein Air Austin met up at a park about an hour outside of town. The forecast said rain, but I had it on my calendar and decided to go anyway. The bluebonnets are always so prolific there in the spring, and I knew this year would be outstanding. The best part was that the sky cleared and the sun even came out for awhile... I was SO glad I didn't get scared off by the weatherman. :)

I have some spaces available in my upcoming workshop on the Georgia coast and would love to see you there. It will be beautiful there and a great time to paint! Please join me...


Color and Value in Landscape - Plein Air Workshop
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April 30-May 2, 2015 | Anderson Fine Art Gallery | St. Simons Island, GA

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bridge on Beverly - Show and Quick Draw

Bridge on Beverly, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
Quick Paint submission for Plein Air Southwest Salon

The Plein Air Southwest Salon opened this weekend at the Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas. One of the traditions of this show is an early morning "Quick Draw" which is a timed and very public painting session. The resulting wet paintings get framed, transported, and hung in the gallery before the afternoon reception. It's a bit nerve-wracking, to say the least. This year we painted on Turtle Creek near the Dallas Country Club and I chose a scene with the clubhouse in the distance. I loved how it peeked out behind the bridge. We had a longer window of time than usual, and I really appreciated that. A big thanks to the show organizers, it was a fabulous weekend of art and friends!

Me with my paintings at the Southwest Gallery. 
(The "quick paint" results were hung on another wall.)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Plein Air Southwest - Exhibit in Dallas!

Beach Cottage, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015, $725 + s/h
Available at the Southwest Gallery


I am very pleased to be participating in the "Plein Air Southwest Salon", the Outdoor Painters Society's annual juried exhibit  in Dallas. These four paintings of mine will be on display and I look forward to seeing the whole show. It's always a great one! If you are in Dallas on Saturday, please stop by the gallery!


Plein Air Southwest Salon 2015
Southwest Gallery
4500 Sigma Road, Dallas, TX
Reception 4/11/15, 2-5 pm


Boat Launch, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014, $725 + s/h
All available at the Southwest Gallery

Village Boulevard, 12 x 16, L. Daniel © 2015, $875 + s/h

Creek Flight, 8 x 16, L. Daniel © 2015 
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Stay tuned for more Bluebonnet paintings next week!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rolling Hills of Color

Rolling Hills of Color, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

As you can see, I seem to be on a daily hunt to find wildflowers to paint. They don't last long, so I like to seize the moment when it comes. Some of the prettiest patches are right on the side of our highways. People literally park on the shoulders, plop their kids in the middle of the flowers, and take pictures with traffic whizzing by. I prefer the more secluded patches, and this one was lovely.  

Please join me for this upcoming Workshop (last till fall):
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Gatehouse Garden

Gatehouse Garden, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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This past weekend, Plein Air Austin gathered for our annual paintout and picnic. We met at the Barr Mansion, a beautiful old mansion that is now a wedding venue. Although the day was windy, I found a sheltered spot where I could capture a sideview of the mansion's charming little gatehouse. Afterwards, we feasted on BBQ... painting, good friends and yummy food... it was a great day!

Please join me for this upcoming Workshop (last till fall):
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring Wildflowers

Spring Wildflowers, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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The arrival of wildflowers in Texas is a true parade of color. The Bluebonnets come first, and they are quickly followed by every hue in the rainbow, including these glowing red flowers called Indian Paintbrush (also called Prairie Fire). This field also had a sprinkling of little blue Dayflowers which perfectly accented the orangey-red. I am ever grateful to the late Lady Bird Johnson, for her commitment to beautifying the Texas countryside. Our wildflowers are a huge part of her legacy!

Painted at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center, Austin, TX.

Please join me for this upcoming Workshop (last till fall):
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

Friday, April 3, 2015

Blue Meadow

Blue Meadow, 12 x 9, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Here is another piece from my week of expeditions into the bluebonnet fields. While I was out painting, some friendly hikers shared their thoughts... a cute couple from Minnesota was quite adamant that "Bluebonnets really are purple, not blue" (I think they are both/and), another group pointed out that we have it all wrong here because "in California these flowers are called Lupines" (same plant family), and I got lots of offers for "posing" if I wanted to include a person or two. Never a dull moment. :)

H A P P Y    E A S T E R    E V E R Y O N E !

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April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bluebonnet Trail

Bluebonnet Trail, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Spring has sprung in Austin and the bluebonnets are out in force. Seeing these beautiful wildflowers fill every field and highway is always delightful, but getting out to paint them is pure joy! 

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Hillside Dwellings - Postcard from Hawaii

Hillside Dwellings, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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This is one of my favorite views from where my daughter and her family live in Hawaii. A little neighborhood sits across the cove framed by the mountains; and occasionally people fish off the docks. It's a beautiful, quiet spot and I have loved visiting my sweet kids in this place. Sadly, my visit came to an end and I had to say goodbye. I miss them already but am so thankful for the time we had. 

Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Austin, Texas (FULL with wait list)
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Afternoon Reflections - Postcard from Hawaii

Afternoon Reflections, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Painting reflections can be like working an upside-down puzzle. As I studied this watery replica of boat mast and glowing sky, it began to look like a separate reality from its counterpart above. The pieces were much the same, but deeper and a little dreamlike. As a painter, it's fun to observe and try to capture the important similarities and differences!

On a separate note, I received this "Happy Art Award" from my dear blogging friend, Barbara Muir. Barbara is an artist who adds beauty and MUCH happiness into the world every day, and encourages others to follow and nurture their creative dreams. She has been hugely supportive of me and I am greatly honored to call her "friend"!! Thank you, Barbara!


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Setting Sail - Postcard from Hawaii

Setting Sail, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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This week the big sky over Kaneohe Bay was filled with drifting clouds and sparkling marine color. I loved watching the clouds move and change shape as I painted. Seeing boats take off to open sea was an added treat! :)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tropical Dance - Postcard from Hawaii

Tropical Dance, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Available for shipping March 18


One of my favorite things about Hawaii is the way its palm trees sway to the rythm of incoming trade winds. I never tire of watching this well learned dance of nature. 

Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Austin, Texas (FULL with wait list)
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Bay View - Postcard from Hawaii

Bay View, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Hello from beautiful Hawaii where I am happily visiting my daughter and her family. This includes lots of time with my 8 month old grandson who is crawling all over the place and becoming his own little person. It's so much fun to be able to share these days with all of them. I've also been able to get some painting time in (during the baby's nap times of course). I don't have to go far to find something to paint... they live in a gorgeous spot right on the water, and this IS paradise after all! :) Much Aloha to you!!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Flying Egret

Flying Egret, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Available to ship March 18 (wet paint)

My final challenge for Daily Paintworks (for now anyway) is inspired from another quote by Robert Henri, to "Paint the flying spirit of the bird, not its feathers." The idea he tried to convey to artists was that it is the spirit of the thing that is important. This translates into not getting carried away with too many petty details. Editing can be tricky, but with my own challenge in mind, I tried to keep this study fresh and gestural. I love these birds, have I mentioned that?

Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Austin, Texas (FULL with wait list)
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dusky Road Value Study

Dusky Road, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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This is another value study for my Daily Paintworks Challenge to "take a break from color". A friend of mine asked why it helps me to paint a value study like this. The thing is, I always try to observe these value patterns first and foremost in any subject I paint. If I can get these values correct, and hold them onto them as I mix colors, I am closer to what I am trying to achieve. This exercise truly helps me train my eyes to see and my heart to remember.

Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Austin, Texas (FULL with wait list)
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Streaming Light Value Study

Streaming Light, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

My challenge for Daily Paintworks this week is to paint using only a range of grays. The point of this exercise is to closely observe the darks and lights in a subject, and then hang onto them while painting. It's quite easy to lose a grip on these values because color can be so confusing. Taking a break from color every once in awhile helps me "see" my way back to what the values are truly doing. 

Below is my pre-mixed range of grays, using Titanium White and Ivory Black. Normally, I do not have black on my palette, but mix a rich black with Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna. For this exercise, using a tube black helped me keep my range of grays consistent (and kept all color out of the mix.)


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Overcast Morning

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

Over the long weekend, I was happy to get out and paint, even if it was just a couple of times. The weather was cold and harsh, but rain or shine, I love being at the Georgia coast with paintbrush in hand. 

Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: Austin, Texas
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA