Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sunlit Arbor

Sunlit Arbor, L. Daniel, 6 x 8, SOLD

This garden gate leads to a quaint beach cottage on St. Simon's Island. I love intimate garden glimpses; and this one really struck me. It was on my walking route while I was visiting in April and May. Each morning I looked forward to seeing the sunlight beaming through the pretty picket fence. 

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Monday, June 20, 2011

6th & San Jacinto

6th and San Jacinto, L. Daniel, 12 x 16

A couple weeks ago, Plein Air Austin met downtown to paint our city streets in the quiet of the morning. As you can imagine, it wasn't deserted for long. Soon it was hopping with cars and people. This corner is smack in the middle of Austin's famous "6th Street" - at night, it completely transforms into a wild music and party scene. College kids love it.

Tomorrow I am headed to New York to paint in the Adirondacks for a few days and visit my sister. I look forward to painting in some of the same locations as the Hudson Valley River School Painters of the middle 19th century. It's beautiful country with an inspiring artistic history. So excited - it will also be a little cooler there... :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rio Vista Rapids

Rio Vista Rapids, L. Daniel, 12 x 16

Today our painting group met up on the San Marcos River, where the water is still flowing in spite of the drought we are having. It's a great place for tubing and kayaking and just staying cool in the heat. Lots of moms were there with their kids enjoying the glad freedom of summer.

AND, I got the funniest plein air comment yet...
While I was painting, a little girl named Amanda came over to watch. After awhile she announced, "I am going to be a painter when I grow up, too. I am going to practice and practice and when I get good enough to make a painting like this I am going to give it to you!" Then she thought about that for a minute and added, "that is, if you are still alive... But if you're not, don't worry, I will just put it on your grave." 

True story... And I took it as a compliment! :)

Friday, June 10, 2011

New Gallery and a Summer Show

Dune Grass, L. Daniel, 9 x 12

I am very pleased to announce that I have recently joined the Buchanan Gallery on Galveston Island! It's a wonderful gallery and a beautiful space, and I look forward to seeing what will come of this new relationship. In addition, I was invited to participate in the Summer Group Show featuring 9 gallery artists, and tomorrow (June 11) is the opening reception. If you are in Houston or anywhere near Galveston, please come by, I would love to see you!

"Summer Group Show"
220 25th Avenue (one block off The Strand)
Galveston Island, Texas
Opening Reception June 11, 6-9 pm
Show runs through July 9

Visit my website to view works in the Buchanan Gallery show. 
In addition to the Buchanan, my work will continue to be represented 
by the Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas and by the 
Anderson Fine Art Gallery in St. Simons Island, Georgia. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Holy Ground - Wedding Joy

Country Pavilion, L. Daniel, 9 x 12, NFS

I painted this wonderful old, rock pavilion last fall after my daughter chose it as her marriage site. Last Saturday was her wedding day and she married the love of her life. I felt as if I was on holy ground as they exchanged vows and committed the rest of their lives to one another. It was truly a magical time.

Many of you have sent me kind notes of congratulations - thank you so, so much. Here are a few pictures of the beautiful day...

Happy Bride and Groom.

Proud father takes his daughter to the altar.

Husband and wife pass under the military 
sword arch into their new life together.

My son ushers me to my seat.