Thursday, August 21, 2014

Water's Edge and NEW WORKSHOP INFO

Water's Edge, 9x12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

I want to let you all know about some new workshops I have scheduled. This fall I am offering two weekend workshops in Austin, with a big welcome to come and paint in this lovely city. Lodging is plentiful and dining is exquisite. I am also teaching a workshop on St. Simons Island, GA in the spring, which is another fabulous place to visit and paint. Please see the info below and come join me! Questions? Please email! :)

NEW WORKSHOP INFO:

Oct. 10-11, 2014 - Still Life, Considering Composition
Learn the same process used for plein air, in a studio setting
Austin, TX - Register with Contemporary Austin Art School CATALOG 

Nov. 6-8, 2014 - En Plein Air, Composing the Landscape
Paint on location, in natural settings around Austin
Austin, TX - Register with Contemporary Austin Art School CATALOG 

April 30-May 2, 2015 - En Plein Air, Color and Value in Landscape
Paint on location, in natural settings around St. Simons Island
St. Simons Island, GA - Register with Anderson Gallery 

Three Pears, 10 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ranch Sky and Panorama Photo!

Ranch Sky, 8 x 16, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

A couple of weeks ago I met up with a photographer friend of mine, Scott David Gordon, to shoot one of his amazing panoramas. Scott is very close to completing a project called "Panorama 365" in which he challenged himself to create 365 panoramic images. This body of work includes cityscapes and country-scapes, long views and short views, AND... artists at work in their studios. 

Click on image to see it larger… photographer: Scott David Gordon

I was thrilled when Scott invited me to be one of his subjects for the project; and even more delighted when he suggested we do an "outdoor studio" shot. Since plein air painting is such a big part of my process, he reasoned that this would be just the right approach. I completely agreed and the collaboration began. Scott took pictures of me at different stages of painting, and was able to visualize ahead of time how the various angles could be stitched together to tell the story. The image he created beautifully captures it all. I think you will all agree with me that the photo is awesome! Thank you, Scott!! I am very honored to be part of "Panorama 365". 

Side note: "Ranch Sky" (painting above) was in process on my easel for the shoot. I thought it only right to do a panorama for the panorama! :)

Click HERE to see and read more about Scott's "Panorama 365" project.
Click HERE to see my panorama on his website and blog write up.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Solitary Morning - American Women Artists National Exhibition

Solitary Morning, 12 x 16, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Available at the Addison Art Gallery

The 17th Annual American Women Artists National Exhibition opens this weekend at the Addison Art Gallery in Cape Cod (Orleans, MA). I am so pleased to be participating with my waterscape, "Solitary Morning". This show is always spectacular and inspiring to see, so if you are in the area, please drop by the gallery. Unfortunately, I won't be able to make the reception this year, but my painting is there in my absence. 

American Women Artists National Exhibition
Addison Art Gallery
43 S. Orleans Rd., Orleans, MA
Opening Reception August 16, 5-7 pm

For purchase information, please contact Addison Art Gallery.
Show runs through September 15.  

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wind Point Beach - Racine, Wisconsin

Wind Point Beach, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
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My home town of Racine, Wisconsin sits right on the shores of Lake Michigan. I grew up swimming in that lake, and can tell you from experience that it is pretty cold for most of the summer. The trick for surviving the frigid temperature is simple - just stay in the water long enough for your limbs to go numb. It works every time. 

By the way, this not actually the beach we swam at as kids. That beach is long and wide, and always crowded with swimmers and sunbathers. This is a quieter beach on the north side of town near the lighthouse. 

This is the last "memory lane" painting from my high school reunion weekend. I enjoyed revisiting with paint and canvas. I hope we have another gathering soon! 

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NEW WORKSHOP INFO:
Oct. 10-11, 2014 - Still Life, Austin, TX CATALOG (public registration 8/14)
Nov. 6-8, 2014 - En Plein Air, Austin, TX CATALOG (public registration 8/14)
April 30-May 2, 2015 - En Plein Air, St. Simons Island, GA, Anderson Gallery 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Kewpee's - Racine, Wisconsin - and workshop announcement

Kewpee's, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
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Kewpee Hamburgers is another favorite spot in my home town of Racine, Wisconsin (where I recently attended my high school reunion). I am pretty sure that ALL returning natives make a bee line for Kewpee's… and it's not just a tradition, it's a ritual with my family. And may I just say? That "hamburg" was just as delicious as I remembered it. The root beer float was pretty tasty too! :)

Historical note: Kewpee's is the second known fast food chain, was founded in the early 1920's, and named for the Kewpie DollThe Racine shop is one of only 5 remaining restaurants. I am not a big fast food fan, but at Kewpee's, I will make an exception! :)

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Painter Friends - I have just added three weekend workshops… come paint with me!
Oct. 10-11, 2014 - Still Life, Austin, TX CATALOG (public registration 8/14)
Nov. 6-8, 2014 - En Plein Air, Austin, TX CATALOG (public registration 8/14)
April 30-May 2, 2015 - En Plein Air, St. Simons Island, GA, Anderson Gallery 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wind Point Lighthouse - Racine, Wisconsin

Wind Point Lighthouse, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
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At the end of July, my husband and I went to our 40th High School Reunion in Racine, Wisconsin. This is the town of our youth; and it had been a really, really long time since we had been back. We visited all our favorite places and every house we ever lived in. The whole weekend was so much fun and truly a walk down memory lane. 

When we got home, I had a creative urge to paint a few of those favorite spots... This is the first - the Wind Point Lighthouse on Lake Michigan. It was built in 1880 and is one of the oldest and tallest lighthouses on the Great Lakes. It's a beauty!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Blue Hole

Blue Hole, 12 x 9, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

This weekend, I met up to paint with old friends and new from the Plein Air Austin group. We converged at the Blue Hole… a swimming hole on the San Gabriel River in Georgetown, just north of Austin. It's a great place hang out and stay cool in the hot summer. There are walking trails and picnic tables, and swimming of course, but best of all are the picturesque limestone bluffs that line the river. It's a beautiful spot. 

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
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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
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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
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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
Click to purchase $120 + $16 s/h

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
Available now at Davis Gallery, Austin

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.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dockside Study

Dockside Study, 8 x 16, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

I hope this finds you well, and enjoying summer! I have been busy painting and playing, and otherwise distracted from blogging and technology. :) This is a piece from my Georgia trip that I never got around to posting before my little hiatus. I just finished a larger version of it for a show later this year, so I have been living in this scene for the last week or so. It's always interesting how I can be transported right back to a location, with it's ever shifting elements. In this case, it was the incoming tide and elusive light that kept me on my toes. It's always  something! 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

River Marsh Study

River Marsh Study, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
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One of my last days in Georgia offered up a beautiful pink sky morning. I really look forward to the surprises of each new day in the low country, and am always delighted by the variety of color and mood and sound. And what is not to LOVE about a pink sky morning?  :)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Village Boulevard

Village Boulevard, 12 x 16, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

This quaint divided boulevard is in the town of St. Mary's, Georgia. It's a peaceful place to visit and I loved how the morning sun lit up the front of this historical Catholic Church, "Our Lady Star of the Sea". Isn't that a great name? The chapel was built in 1840, originally as a bank. When the bank failed, the building was purchased, a bell tower was added, and parishioners met there until a formal church was built in 1957. The chapel is only used now for special services. It's quite a charming place. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sea Passage Study

Sea Passage, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

One thing that fascinates me about marshes is their connection to the sea. The tide pushes ocean water into the marshland, and then the rivers push it back out to the sea. Consequently, the marshland and the beaches are always interacting and in a state of flux. This view from the marsh's edge includes the ocean in the distance as the tide is coming in. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Ashantilly Wildflowers

Ashantilly Wildflowers, 8 x 10, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

I so enjoy discovering new places to paint and explore, and this is one of those places. Ashantilly, or "Old Tabby" is a historical homestead in Darien, GA. It was originally built in 1820, and was the "mainland" home of Thomas Spalding, an early Georgia planter, legislator and landowner. It sits right on the marsh and was quite elegant in its day. A group of historians are committed to seeing the place restored, and hopefully that will happen. It's quite a gorgeous setting. I chose this intimate side yard as my subject… the garden had gone to seed, but the wildflowers were stunning. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Beckoning Path

Beckoning Path, 12 x 16, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Available at the Anderson Fine Art Gallery

St. Simons is a barrier island connected to the mainland by a causeway and bridges that cut through the marsh. The causeway has great views of wide open marshland and ever-changing waterways; and it's a favorite place of mine to paint. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Sun Struck Villa

Sun Struck Villa, 12 x 12, oil on panel, L.Daniel © 2014
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Slanted morning light can be so dramatic. When I came onto this scene in a quiet island neighborhood, I was captivated by the slivers of light outlining the home and it's garden. I quickly set up my easel to try and catch the mood before everything changed. And it did change fast! What works best for me is to indicate all the dark values on my canvas first thing, before the shapes of light and dark shift. Then, it's important to hang onto that information and not chase the light as I finish the painting. Easier said than done! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Garden Square - Demo and Process Notes

Garden Square, 12 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

Today I did a painting demonstration at the new Anderson Gallery Annex on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Since the demo was indoors, I decided to replicate this plein air painting completed on location yesterday. Having the finished piece is a great reference because it helps students/viewers get an idea of where I am headed with all my process decisions.  (And it's a great reference for me as I paint the image again!!) I even remembered to take pictures to recap it here for them and for you. Many thanks to all my attendees!


The scene from my easel...
This  is a garden park named Hanover Square in Brunswick, Georgia. 

Block In...
Line and mass sketch establishes composition and value relationships. 
Paint color is a dark neutral mix of Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna.

Upright Plane…
Dark and light families in the upright elements adjust as they recede into the distance - values come together (darks get lighter and lights get darker).

Ground plane…
Since the ground plane reflects the sky, it is usually the second lightest element in the landscape (the lightest element will be the sky, where the sun is). 

Sky Plane and Final Highlights…
Once all elements are working together, add details and final highlights. This is a serious exercise in delayed gratification, but it always, ALWAYS works best to leave those details until the very end!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tree Veil

Tree Veil, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
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The afternoon glow through these trees was impossible for me to pass up. The silhouetted tree trunks provided a perfect juxtaposition for the streaming light behind the veil of foliage, and it was quite striking. The tricky part was hanging on to the darks in the silhouette… they were so necessary to establish the right drama and contrast. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Island Club Breezes

Island Club Breezes, 12 x 9, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Available at the Anderson Fine Art Gallery

Jekyll Island is one of the barrier island on the Georgia coast and the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is at the heart of it's history. Designed by Chicago architect Charles Alexander in 1888, its turret, extensive verandas and bay windows are typical of the Queen Anne style. It was the scene of many important historical events; including the very first transcontinental telephone call in 1915, and the founding of the Federal Reserve Act win 1913. It also offered a lavish southern playground for the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts back in the day. It must have been quite spectacular… Oh, if walls could talk…

By the way, it's still a wonderful place to stay. Those verandas are available for afternoon reading and the front lawn is set up for some serious croquet, so bring your mallet. :)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Chapel Light

Chapel Light, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Available at the Anderson Fine Art Gallery

This is the backdoor entrance to Lovely Lane Chapel on St. Simons Island. Surrounded by live oaks and Spanish moss, "Lovely Lane" is full of romance and southern charm, and the scene of many weddings. It's gorgeous on any morning when the sun shines on it. :)

Friday, May 2, 2014

Marshside Palms Demo - Georgia Workshop

Marshside Palms Demo, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
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This is another demo from my workshop last week. I want to thank one of my students, Joan Vienot, for taking a few pictures; and for sending them to me so that I can share them with you! Did I mention what great students I had?? We had a wonderful time painting together on St. Simons Island. 

Pencil drawing in sketchbook for composition and visual idea…
it always helps me to think things through ahead of time.

Outline on canvas for placement…
I keep it light and sketchy at first to make sure I have achieved my composition plan before adding value or details (easy to change if needed).

Blocking in the dark masses…
I always work dark to light and front to back. Yep, I do the sky last.

Palette with mixed color piles…
I try to maintain an organized palette, keeping families of color together. My only medium is refined linseed oil, so I use a lot of brushes - about one per color.  

Finished painting - Marshside Palms

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Beach Demo - Georgia Workshop

Beach Demo, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2104
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I am finally catching my breath after last weekend's non-stop activity! In conjunction with my show on St. Simons Island, I taught a 3-day plein air workshop to a wonderful group of students. We had a great time painting from marsh side to seaside (notice a theme here?) and below is my demo from our day at the beach. 

Many thanks to the Anderson Gallery for hosting the workshop, and to my hard-working students who painted up a storm on the Georgia coast! So much fun!!

the scene...

getting started with a line sketch for placement...

line and mass block in to establish values...

massing in the darks...

massing in the lights...

final piece with highlights and lowlights…
including a couple of beach lovers for scale! :)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Cottage Corner - Anderson Gallery show wrap up!

Cottage Corner, 16 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

When I set about to paint my "marsh to beach" series, I knew this beach house corner would be included. It radiates a timelessness and history that take me back to my first visits to St. Simons Island 35 years ago. The golden isles have had a piece of my heart ever since. 

Below are some pictures of the Anderson Gallery on opening night. I wish you all could have been there, it was a wonderful evening. You can see the full body work on my website by clicking HERE.


 

 


Quick pictures Mary Anderson in the gallery before the opening.