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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Friday, January 16, 2015

Hydrangea Bouquet - Sixteen of 30 in 30

Hydrangea Bouquet, 12 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Some subjects demand to be painted over and over again; and these Lily Hydrangeas fell into that category. The intimate close up was compelling (yesterday's painting), but then the full bouquet was equally tantalizing. I loved all the abstract shapes in the refracting water and lit up fringe of the flowers. 

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lily Hydrangea - Fifteen of 30 in 30

Lily Hydrangea, 8 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Day 15... I'm halfway through the thirty challenge... woo hoo! I can tell you that it has been a good discipline for me and I'm glad I took it up. I am making notes about what I've learned for sharing at the end. No doubt that list will continue to grow over the next 15 days. Thank you so much for sticking with me, as well as for all your encouraging comments and notes!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tomatillos Three - Fourteen of 30 in 30

Tomatillos Three, 5 x 7, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Well, I wasn't quite done with the tomatillos. They are just so very cool and I wanted another try at painting those papery shells, AND the fruit inside which is such a beautiful vibrant green. 

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tomatillos - 13 of 30 in 30

Tomatillos, 8 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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I have always thought tomatillos were really cool looking with their thin papery shells, but I had never actually cooked with them... until this summer. My daughter and I tried a new recipe for Tomatillo Salsa and guess what? They are delicious too! As I painted today, I was thinking of that fun day with my sweet girl. I love getting to do that!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Vine Ripened - Twelve of 30 in 30

Vine Ripened, 5 x 7, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Another day, another painting... and more edible subjects. It's a good thing the produce section of our local grocery is well stocked with colorful veggies and fruits! There is always something delicious to paint! :)

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Pom Sketch - Eleven of 30 in 30

Pom Sketch, 5 x 7, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Today's painting is a tonal sketch of my garden pomegranates. My goal was to focus only on shapes and values to capture their simple beauty. For my painter friends, I painted an overall tone on the whole canvas, then used both a reductive and an additive approach to establish the forms (wiping away and painting back in). My paint was a combination of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna mixed to a dark neutral. 

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pomegranates on Green - Ten of 30 in 30

Pomegranates in Green, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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I set these pomegranates aside while painting the bough with buds, and loved how they looked on the green tea towel. So... my next idea was sitting there just waiting for me! 10 days and 1/3 of the way through the 30 day challenge and I am very happy I jumped in. There are so many benefits to stepping up to the easel (no matter what) each day. 

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Pomegranate Bough - Nine of 30 in 30

Pomegranate Bough, 6 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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These pomegranates were also rescued from my garden before the freeze, and they are a favorite subject of mine to paint. To my friends in the north, please forgive my whining about the weather. I realize that it's downright HOT here compared to what you are experiencing! Stay warm, my friends!

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Last Roses - Eight of 30 in 30

Last Roses, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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These Knockout Roses were still blooming in my garden today so I decided to rescue a few and paint them before it's too late. I'm pretty sure the rest will all be brown very soon. We are having our coldest weather of the season so far, and the temps are dropping down to freezing. I know that is nothing for some of you hearty northerners, but it's pretty chilly for us down here in Texas! 

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Lemon Slices - Seven of 30 in 30

Lemon Slices, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Here is one thing I am noticing about painting 30 paintings in 30 days... it takes commitment. There are just some days that get very full before the brushes can hit the palette. It's tempting to look at the clock and become discouraged with the amount of daylight left (and I am NOT one for painting at night). Today was one of those... BUT... a commitment is a commitment, and I got 'er done! YAY!

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Wall Shadows - Six of 30 in 30

Wall Shadows, 8 x 6, Oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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I do quite enjoy painting glass and water... and shadows and light. It's interesting to note that the shadow of clear glass will not be solid like the shadow of something opaque (like the tulip). That may sound obvious, but it's hard to remember to do, and oh, so important when trying to paint glass. The incomplete shadow tells the viewer that light is passing through the glass element. 

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Bowl of Tulips - Five of 30 in 30

Bowl of Tulips, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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My tulips are opening fast. By the time I was finished with this painting, they were all wide open. Rather than chase the changes (which is completely impossible), I stuck with the positions I initially blocked in. It requires a bit of memory work, and it's good practice for painting outside... just a reminder to nail down the important information right away.


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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Tulip Bud - Four of 30 in 30

Tulip Bud, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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With the Harry and David pears all eaten, a beautiful bunch of orange tulips have caught my attention. Their graceful way of continuing to grow after they are put in a vase makes them one of my favorite flowers to bring home. A friend of mine calls it the "Tulip Dance". This single bud broke off... it ended up in it's own little vase and instantly became the perfect subject for today's challenge.


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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Breakfast Doily and Christmas Pears - Two and Three of 30 in 30

Breakfast Doily, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Christmas Pears, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Yes, back to that Harry and David box... don't you LOVE getting pears at Christmas time? Besides being sweet, juicy and delicious, they are the perfect "go to" for painting. 

I got quite a few emails of encouragement for this 30 day endeavor, and I have to tell you it's wonderful to know that friends are out there rooting for me. Thank you so much!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Golden Pear - 30 in 30 Challenge

Golden Pear, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Happy New Year, All! With the holidays behind us and a new year ahead, I am needing a little discipline on the painting front. If you are like me, you have had a delightful month of bouncing babies, family dinners, parties, parties, and more parties; and you are wondering how to get back at it. :)

Well, to get myself back in the saddle I am joining Leslie Saeta's 30 Day Challenge - 30 paintings in 30 days. I may be a day late to starting line, but as Leslie says, there are no rules to be broken and it's never too late (the point is to just get painting). So I am going for it. You can check out her challenge HERE. Thank you, Leslie, for your timely new year's motivation!

To get started, I checked the refrigerator for possible subject matter and found one last golden-wrapped pear in the Harry and David's box. Now I get to eat it!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Butterfly Ginger, 12 x 9, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2014

M E R R Y   C H R I S T M A S 
A N D   H A P P Y   H O L I D A Y S   T O   A L L !

Thank you for your support and friendship, 
and for following my work through this blog. 
I appreciate the encouragement more than you can know. 

Many blessings, 
Laurel