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. 

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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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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. 

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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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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?

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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.

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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. 

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Two Swans

Two Swans, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Did you know that swans mate for life? They are such majestic birds and that fact just endears them to me all the more. This week I offered a Valentine's Day Challenge on the Daily Paintworks site to paint animals that mate for life. You may be interested to know that Love Birds, Gibbons, Black Vultures, French Angelfish, Wolves, Albatrosses, Prairie Voles, Turtle Doves, Bald Eagles, Penguins, Orcas, Barn Owls, and even Termites all fall into this category. I'll be interested to see what animals people choose!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Winter Marsh

Winter Marsh, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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I am so happy to be back on the Georgia coast for a few days; and thoroughly enjoyed getting outside to paint the winter marsh this afternoon. A cold front was moving in fast, so I was racing against the weather. By the time I finished, I had a bit of a chill but was completely satisfied! 


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hillside Ridge Guardian - Tree Gesture 4

Hillside Ridge Guardian, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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This is a classic Texas Hill Country cedar, all hunkered in and fully occupying it's space on the hillside. They are bold and entitled and they make me sneeze when they pollinate, but I love them just the same. 


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Monday, February 9, 2015

Windblown - Tree Gesture 3

Windblown, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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These Hawaiian palm trees grow in an environment that gives them their own distinctive style, even among other palms. The trade winds constantly blow and bend them, but they resiliently continue to reach skyward. And they are so different than the compact monkey pod trees growing below. Every tree has its gesture! 

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bowing to the Mist - Tree Gesture 2

Bowing to the Mist, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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This tree seems paying homage to the incoming mist. There is something about the quietness and reverence in this gesture that I find very compelling.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Twirling Pine - Tree Gesture 1

Twirling Pine, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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This month I will be posting weekly painting challenges for my friends at Daily Paintworks online gallery. This week's challenge is tree gestures - capturing the essence and posture of a tree without getting bogged down in its details (click HERE for full description)I will post my own efforts for each challenge, and would love for painter friends to join me. If you are not a painter, please join the fun by simply appreciating the wonderful, idiosyncratic gestures of trees in your world. 

"Give a tree its gesture… in a tree there is a spirit of life, a spirit of growth and a spirit of holding its head up.”  The Art SpiritRobert Henri

Saturday, January 31, 2015

30 Day Challenge Collage and lessons learned...


30 Day Challenge at a Glance
L. Daniel © 2015

On January 1st, I took on a challenge to paint (and post) 30 paintings in 30 days. This goal appealed to me on several levels. I knew it would produce enormous growth and jumpstart my year. But more importantly, I knew it would keep me painting as we began a fairly large home renovation; and that it would help me establish habits that would keep me painting throughout the whole process. 

Well... it worked! The 30 day commitment helped me figure out how to paint through the demolition, piles of debris, and constant interruptions. Even though my house is torn up, I am happy - in that peaceful, joy-filled way. A painter just NEEDS to paint.

Choosing still life subjects allowed me to stay in one genre and to paint from life every day. It was great practice in selecting, composing, and mixing color. But that being said, my biggest lessons from this challenge are not about technique or mechanics, but are basic reminders for nurturing a creative life...

MY TOP 10 TAKE-AWAYS FROM 30 DAYS OF PAINTING:
1) Showing up is everything.
2) Discipline leads to inspiration.
3) Observation is the best teacher.
4) Work begets more work.
5) Subjects present themselves.
6) Regularity enhances the "flow".
7) Frequency supplants fear.
8) Practice produces mastery.
9) Mastery brings satisfaction.
10) Creative habits result in art making.

It was a wonderful month... thank you Leslie Saeta for throwing down the gauntlet!
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Three Pears Standing - Thirty of 30 in 30!

Three Pears Standing, 10 x 10, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
#30 in 30 Day Challenge
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Goal reached! Paintings painted! Challenge achieved! It feels awfully good and if you were here right now, you would see a silly grin on my face! Now... with one more day left in the month, people keep asking, "what about January 31st?" Well, friends, tomorrow I will post a collage of all thirty paintings and share some thoughts from the journey. So please, please stay tuned.

PS - Yes, things do come full circle. I started with pears and I finished with pears. :)
PSS - Click HERE to visit my blog and see all 30 posts again.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sunflower Morning - Twenty-nine of 30 in 30

Sunflower Morning, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
#29 in 30 Day Challenge
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Sunflowers - I think they are the happiest flower of all, and they had to make an appearance in my 30 days of painting. Speaking of which... Wow... One more day! 

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Marble Jar - Twenty-eight of 30 in 30

Marble Jar, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
#28 in 30 Day Challenge
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Like most kids, I had a marble phase in about the 5th grade. You know how it is, suddenly it was the popular game and all the rage at recess. As I recall, it was a big business of winning and trading, and some marbles were more valuable than others (puries, steelies, shooters.) I don't think I was ever any good at the game, but I always loved the sound of those marbles in my leather pouch and how they glittered in the sunlight. 

By the way, these marbles are not from my childhood set, I think they may have belonged to my kids during THEIR marble phase. :)


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pitcher And Posies - Twenty-seven of 30 in 30

Pitcher and Posies, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
#27 in 30 Day Challenge
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I can't believe that I am in the final stretch with the 30 day challenge. The month has gone by fast and the daily paintings have been a delightful pause in each day. This was a fun one to paint. I really enjoyed the simplicity of it's shapes and colors. 


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Cut Pineapple - Twenty-six of 30 in 30

Cut Pineapple, 5 x 7, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2015
#26 in 30 Day Challenge
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There is nothing quite like fresh pineapple - so juicy and delicious! The double joy was painting it first (two times!) This one was perfectly ripe and will be featured in the breakfast mix for the next few days. Yum!

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pineapple Shadows - Twenty-five of 30 in 30

Pineapple Shadows, 10 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
#25 in 30 Day Challenge
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This pineapple has been waiting all week for it's moment on the "stage". I will tell you that it must be pretty ripe and ready to eat by now, because it smells so good. The warm spotlight on it simply enhanced the aroma while I painted all afternoon. The pineapple as a subject for painting was my father-in-law's idea. And it was a great one... I'll have to paint more! Thank you, Charlie!

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lemon-Lime Elixir - Twenty-four of 30 in 30

Lemon-Lime Elixir, 8 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
#24 in 30 Day Challenge
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My workshop ended today and I want to send out a big thank you to all my wonderful students. We had a great time and painted our hearts out. After everyone left, I hung out in the studio and painted this set up before packing up. I had been painting it all day in my head (no demo today) and I DID need #24 for the challenge, so it was a perfect arrangement! 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Strawberries and Cream - Twenty-three of 30 in 30

Strawberries and Cream, 8 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
#23 in 30 Day Challenge
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This is my demo from my still life class today, and it was a fun subject to paint. I particularly enjoyed the simple palette of the set up, and the small hint of detail on the bowl. Unfortunately, I did not get process shots to share. 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Peruvian Lilies Demo - Twenty-two of 30 in 30

Peruvian Lilies, 8 x 6, oil panel, L. Daniel © 2015
#22 in 30 Day Challenge
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Today was the first day of my 3 day still life workshop in Austin. Guess what the focus is? Yep, water, glass and light. This is the demo I did for the class. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures at every stage, but you can see the progression. I promised to post process notes for them, so here it is in my 30 day line up... 

Block-in and shadow family defined.

My subject was backlit, so capturing and holding the shadows was particularly important. The best way to see the values is to squint down and go for the large masses. Keep the shapes simple. (The warm pink dot on the flowers and the brilliant green in the vase reflection were hints of my color direction in the next steps.)

Light family added and canvas covered.

My goal at this stage is to have the values working in all the large masses. This is also a good stage to make adjustments to value, shapes and drawing if necessary. Notice how the background color mutes when seen through the glass. I recommend painting the drape color first and then modifying that for the tone which appears through the glass. The same goes for the ground color.



Masses are broken up with slight value shifts and highlights added. 

It's very important to save established values when breaking up the masses. The shifts need to be subtle. Use temperature shifts to make the color sing. In this case, the light was warm and the shadows were cool. Save spectral highlights till the very end!

PS - The Peruvian Lily also goes by the names of Alstroemeria and Lily of the Incas. They last a really long time, except when they have hot spotlights on them. :)


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lone Persimmon - Twenty-one of 30 in 30

Lone Persimmon, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
#21 in 30 Day Challenge
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I keep hearing a commercial on the radio that says it takes 21 days to form a habit. Well, here we are at 21 days, and I think it could be true. Getting my painting finished each day has become something like an obsession. Today was a full to the brim in every way... and even though I hit the studio VERY late in the day, I got in there!! :)

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Calla Lily Bouquet - Twenty of 30 in 30

Calla Lily Bouquet, 12 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
#20 of 30 Day Challenge
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More Calla Lilies today... thinking about cutting them in the back yard for our dining room table, I had the urge to paint them in a nice, tall vase. NOW, they are going on the dining room table!  

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Leaning Calla Lilies - Nineteen of 30 in 30

Leaning Calla Lilies, 8 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
#19 in 30 Day Challenge
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Back in the 80's and 90's, we lived in Northern California and had Calla Lilies growing crazily in our backyard. They multiply themselves underground and ours came back fuller every year. During their blooming season we always had them on the dining room table. It was lovely. These lilies are not from my yard, but they sure brought back sweet memories! :) 

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Succulent Sketch - Eighteen of 30 in 30

Succulent Sketch, 8 x 6, oil canvas sheet, L. Daniel © 2015
#18 of 30 Day Challenge
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Today's sketch of my potted succulent plant provided me with a little break from the week's routine. I still painted from life, but simply focused on shapes and values and drawing. I find that painting in this format (every now and then) rejuvenates me for "seeing color" again. 

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Plate of Peppers - Seventeen of 30 in 30

Plate of Peppers, 8 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
#17 of 30 Day Challenge
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Peppers are always fun for me to paint. I think it has something to do with their reflective, smooth skins and their odd, irregular shapes... And I love that pop of brilliant color!

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