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
Available - Click for information 

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
Click to purchase $120 + $16 s/h

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

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
Click to purchase $120 + $16 s/h

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

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

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
Click here for details and registration info..
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 

Stay tuned for more Bluebonnet paintings next week!