Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rusted Shipyard Dock

Rusted Shipyard Dock, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

This past Saturday started out to be a sunny day on St. Simons Island (GA)… perfect for painting. Well, just as I was about to finish this piece, a huge storm rolled in. I had been watching those little dark clouds multiply, but I was still surprised as my paintbox filled with rain and I had to run for cover. (Call it denial.) Thankfully, there was a large bridge trestle nearby to mop up the mess and wait out the storm. It was quite a lovely morning, in spite of the drama!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Morning - Commission

Summer Morning Commission, 22 x 32, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2014

A week or so ago I mentioned that I had just finished up a commission. Well, I am happy to report that the painting (above) is delivered and installed on the fireplace mantle in its new home! I always get a good feeling when everything comes together on these kind of projects. Many thanks to my new friend and client!

Click HERE to see the small study I did as a warm up for this larger piece. You may find it interesting to see how they are similar and different.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Drifting Cloud Study

Drifting Cloud Study, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

I painted this little piece back in early June, but have been holding on to it for reference purposes. This was one of those end of day surprises… when, even though I was packed up and headed home from a long day of painting, I was compelled to stop and do just one more. There was just something about the light, and the lavender reflections in the marsh, and the great big sky that just had my name on it. 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Palm Court

Palm Court, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

Huge palm trees seem to be beckoning visitors in to this lovely garden courtyard in Brunswick, Georgia. This garden square was originally designed and built in the late 1800's to provide a gathering spot for a growing city. Even though it has been restored in recent years, It has an old feel to it. I can't help imagining church picnics, ice cream socials, and the bandstand music of another era that took place on these grounds. 

In May, I did a painting demonstration at the Anderson Gallery of another view in this same garden. See process notes of that demo by clicking HERE.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Creek Study

Summer Creek Study, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

I painted this little study as a color warm up for a commission piece I just finished. It helped to get the paint flowing on a small panel before diving into the large canvas… a bit of an appetizer so to speak! :) I will post the commission piece once it is framed and safely in the hands of it's owner (I don't want to jinx anything.) 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

River Marsh - Enlarged Studio Version

River Marsh, 18 x 24, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2014
Available now at the Anderson Fine Art Gallery

After an intense period of plein air painting, I am often inspired to take some of my smaller pieces to a larger scale. The plein air study for this piece was only 6x8, and I just had a hankering to see it bigger. Sometimes I make changes as I scale up, and other times I simply try to recreate the same spirit captured in the original. This one falls into the latter category. I loved the scene small and I love it big. :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sea Passage - Enlarged Studio Version

Sea Passage, 18 x 24, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2014

Sea Passage is an enlargement of one of my spring plein air pieces from the Georgia coast. This view caught my eye because it included marsh waters, the ocean, AND where the two flow together as the tide rises and falls. That confluence between rivers and the sea always intrigues me. It has it's own special eco-system and beauty. 

This piece is on display in the Davis Gallery summer group show - All Summer LongThe cool thing about this exhibit is that purchased work goes home with buyers immediately (instead of waiting until the end of the show for pick up). New pieces replace the sold work, and the show is constantly changing. If you are in town, please go visit the Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th, Austin, TX.