Friday, April 17, 2015

Hill Country Ranch

Hill Country Ranch, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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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 
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Stay tuned for more Bluebonnet paintings next week!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rolling Hills of Color

Rolling Hills of Color, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

As you can see, I seem to be on a daily hunt to find wildflowers to paint. They don't last long, so I like to seize the moment when it comes. Some of the prettiest patches are right on the side of our highways. People literally park on the shoulders, plop their kids in the middle of the flowers, and take pictures with traffic whizzing by. I prefer the more secluded patches, and this one was lovely.  

Please join me for this upcoming Workshop (last till fall):
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Gatehouse Garden

Gatehouse Garden, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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This past weekend, Plein Air Austin gathered for our annual paintout and picnic. We met at the Barr Mansion, a beautiful old mansion that is now a wedding venue. Although the day was windy, I found a sheltered spot where I could capture a sideview of the mansion's charming little gatehouse. Afterwards, we feasted on BBQ... painting, good friends and yummy food... it was a great day!

Please join me for this upcoming Workshop (last till fall):
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring Wildflowers

Spring Wildflowers, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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The arrival of wildflowers in Texas is a true parade of color. The Bluebonnets come first, and they are quickly followed by every hue in the rainbow, including these glowing red flowers called Indian Paintbrush (also called Prairie Fire). This field also had a sprinkling of little blue Dayflowers which perfectly accented the orangey-red. I am ever grateful to the late Lady Bird Johnson, for her commitment to beautifying the Texas countryside. Our wildflowers are a huge part of her legacy!

Painted at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center, Austin, TX.

Please join me for this upcoming Workshop (last till fall):
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

Friday, April 3, 2015

Blue Meadow

Blue Meadow, 12 x 9, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Here is another piece from my week of expeditions into the bluebonnet fields. While I was out painting, some friendly hikers shared their thoughts... a cute couple from Minnesota was quite adamant that "Bluebonnets really are purple, not blue" (I think they are both/and), another group pointed out that we have it all wrong here because "in California these flowers are called Lupines" (same plant family), and I got lots of offers for "posing" if I wanted to include a person or two. Never a dull moment. :)

H A P P Y    E A S T E R    E V E R Y O N E !

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April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bluebonnet Trail

Bluebonnet Trail, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Spring has sprung in Austin and the bluebonnets are out in force. Seeing these beautiful wildflowers fill every field and highway is always delightful, but getting out to paint them is pure joy! 

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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. 

Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Austin, Texas (FULL with wait list)
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

See more Small Works

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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Available for shipping March 18


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. 

Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Austin, Texas (FULL with wait list)
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

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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Available to ship March 18 (wet paint)

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?

Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Austin, Texas (FULL with wait list)
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

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.

Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Austin, Texas (FULL with wait list)
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

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. 

Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: Austin, Texas
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

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! 


Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: Austin, Texas
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

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. 


Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: Austin, Texas
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

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! 

Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: Austin, Texas
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

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.

Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: Austin, Texas
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

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!
Click HERE to see larger versions of each post on my blog.

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.

Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: Austin, Texas
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

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! 

Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: Austin, Texas
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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. :)


Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: Austin, Texas
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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. 


Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: Austin, Texas
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA

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!

Please join me for these upcoming Workshops:
March 26-29, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: Austin, Texas
April 30-May 2, 2015 | Plein Air | Click here to register: St. Simons Island, GA