Sunday, March 30, 2014

Golden Marshland - Anderson Gallery Exhibit

Golden Marshland, 18 x 24, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
SOLD at the Anderson Gallery

A few weeks ago, I posted a small study of this piece - so if it looks familiar, that's why. I love how the neutral toned marsh grasses come alive at the end of day. This painting one of several new works for my upcoming show, "Marshside to Seaside", all inspired by the golden isles on the Georgia coast. 

"Marshside to Seaside", Anderson Fine Art Gallery, April 24-May 25, St. Simons Island, GA

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cascading Cloud Bank - Anderson Gallery Exhibit

Cascading Cloud Banks, 30 x 24, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2014
SOLD at the Anderson Fine Art Gallery

Sometimes, cloud banks seem to literally pile up as they roll in over the beach. On this particular day, the banks got so high that the dunes and sea grasses were completely dwarfed below. I love it when the sky gets big like that. This piece is headed for my solo show on St. Simons Island - opening April 25th.

BTW - I will be teaching a plein air workshop in conjunction with my show, and I just got word that we've had a cancellation. If you are a last minute planner, this spot might be for you!! Details:

April 24 - 26, 2014, 9 am - 4 pm

St. Simons Island, Georgia

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Phone: 912- 634-8414 | Email:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Standing Watch - Anderson Gallery

Standing Watch, 18 x 18, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2014

I am so excited to tell you about my upcoming solo show at the Anderson Fine Art Gallery in St. Simons Island, Georgia. It opens in April and I have been busy, busy painting a new body of work. It is all inspired by the golden isles, one of my favorite places in life. "Standing Watch" captures an early morning feeding time for the local egrets. They are beautiful, graceful creatures. 

"Marshside to Seaside"
Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA
April 25 through May 24
Reception April 25, 6-8 pm

Click HERE to see more work for exhibit on my special website page.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Adobe Dwelling - Big Bend, Texas

Adobe Dwelling, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

This is the last of my paintings from Big Bend and one of my favorites. Something about that orange and blue combination gets me every time. When the late afternoon sun hit this old adobe remnant, I knew I was in for the duration. It was one of those best moments, when the time and light agree to performing a little magic. I was privileged to be there as a witness. 

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Layered Mesa - Big Bend, Texas

Layered Mesa, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014 

The Old Maverick Road is a "short cut" on the west side of Big Bend National Park. It's shorter as the crows fly, but kind of a wash board to drive on. Nevertheless, I drive it at least once, almost every time I am there. And I usually feel compelled at some point to pull off and paint one of the views. What caught me here was the layering of shapes off into the distance. Simple, but so distinctly Big Bend.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Backlit Arroyo - Big Bend, Texas

Backlit Arroyo, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

One magnificent occurrence in the desert, is how foliage finds a way to thrive. Even when there is no apparent water, it's clear that there is enough moisture (somewhere) for certain species to grow and reproduce. These cottonwoods dotted an entire plain, following water tracks in the arroyo. Flooding signs are everywhere, and when the rain comes, it flows heavily right through here. Hard to imagine on a steaming hot afternoon. 

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Chisos Basin - Big Bend, Texas

Chisos Basin, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Big Bend, Texas

Have I told you that the Big Bend of Texas is a place of great diversity? It has the desert, the mountains, the river, and all of the accompanying elements. This scene is at one of the higher altitudes inside the national park. A trail from here takes many hikers out to "The Window", where these two mountain ranges come together. It's pretty cool to see. 

Above: My paint site - I love it when I remember to do this. The painting is under my umbrella shade, otherwise, the painting would have been washed out completely. 

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

River Grasses - Big Bend, Texas

River Grasses, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Big Bend, Texas

Standing on the Texas side of the Rio Grande River, it's hard to believe that Mexico is just a stone's throw away. I could've waded over, but alas, did not have my passport with me. I was quite happy observing these backlit grasses along at river bank. They brought an irresistible warm glow to the soft desert neutrals. Inspiring. 

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Santa Elena Canyon - Big Bend, Texas

Santa Elena Canyon, 12 x 9, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Big Bend, Texas

This ancient canyon is divided by the Rio Grande River which flows along the Texas/Mexico border. The massive size of the rock walls along the river are ominous as you drive up to them and the canyon itself is awesome. When the light hits it in the morning, the shadows bring it alive. This spot is one of the "must see" treasures of Big Bend. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Desert Morning - Big Bend, Texas

Desert Morning, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Big Bend, Texas

I just returned from a painting trip to Big Bend. For those of you who haven't been, this is the wild, wild west of Texas - but on the southern border, down by Mexico. If you read the book, No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (or saw the movie) you've got a picture. It's a stark and harsh landscape with a beauty all its own. This particular morning dawned with bright light and long shadows, and the desert floor seemed to sparkle. Finding a spot to paint was as easy as pulling over to the side of the road. 

For those who have been, this is the Burro Mesa Pouroff with Santa Elena Canyon in the far distance.