Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tide Lines - Anderson Gallery Exhibit

Tide Lines, 18 x 36, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2014

Following the tide lines along the beach always turns up interesting ocean treasures. Deposits of sea shells, marsh rack, and horseshoe crabs mark the ever-moving water levels as the tide comes in and out. The beach is in a constant state of flux, and I never get tired of it. 

To see all the work in my upcoming show, "Marshside to Seaside", click here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Red Sky at NIght - Anderson Gallery Exhibit

Red Sky at Night, 24 x 24, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2014

The title of this painting comes from the old saying, "Red sky at night, sailor's delight, red sky at morning, sailor's warning; ." It seems to be true. In my experience, a red sky at night usually portends that a fabulous day will follow. Plus, what is not to love about a red sunset?? :)

Headed to my solo show… 
"Marshside to Seaside"
Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA 
 April 25 - May 24 | Reception April 25, 6-8 pm

Click HERE to view entire show on my website. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Seafaring Vessels - Anderson Gallery Exhibit

Seafaring Vessels, 24 x 24, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2014

Well-loved boats, old docks and colorful reflections get me every time. I discovered this spot on Jekyll Island (on the Georgia coast) several years ago and have gone back to paint it from different angles several times. "Seafaring Vessels" was directly inspired by those delightful plein air moments. 

This piece will be on display in my solo show "Marshside to Seaside" at the Anderson Gallery on St. Simons Island, April 24 -May 25. Click HERE to see the entire show on my website. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dune Walk - Anderson Gallery Exhibit

Dune Walk, 18 x 24, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Available at the Anderson Gallery

There is nothing like a beach day… skip-hopping through the hot sand... the cool relief of the ocean breeze… the smell of suntan lotion… sandwiches on damp towels… castle building... hunting for sand dollars. The beach has a lure and excitement all its own and it hits me full on, every time I climb up over that last dune. 

This piece is headed to the Anderson Gallery for my solo show "Marshside to Seaside", April 24 - May 25, St. Simons Island, Georgia. Click HERE to see more work for the show on my special website page.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

An Award and a Red Dot!

Beach Shadows, 9x12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Award of Merit Winner!
Plein Air Southwest Salon 2014
Available at the Southwest Gallery in Dallas

If you follow this blog, you will remember that I had a busy weekend with two juried shows in two different cities this weekend. Luckily, both were in Texas (and within driving distance) and I was able to make the awards ceremonies of both….

And so glad I did! It was reward enough to be included in these shows and to see dear friends... but to win an award AND sell a piece at the Plein Air Southwest show was both affirming and validating! I am one happy painter! Thank you for letting me share, and thank you for your many kind words of encouragement!

Jill Carver, the juror for this year's Plein Air Southwest Salon, shared some personal insights before presenting the awards. She is a true master and her thoughtful comments inspired us all!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Two Big Shows this Weekend!

Lush Lagoon, 18 x 18, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2014
Juried into Salon International 2014 
Available at the Greenhouse Gallery | April 5-25 | San Antonio
Reception Saturday, April 5, 5-8pm

I am so excited to be participating in two wonderful group shows this weekend. They are in two different cities so I am splitting my time to get a little piece of both. I'll be at the Greenhouse Gallery awards party in San Antonio on Friday night; and at the Southwest Gallery opening reception in Dallas on Saturday afternoon. It will be fun to connect with friends and collectors at both! If you are near either of these cities, please stop by!

Below: Juried into Plein Air Southwest Salon
Available at the Southwest Gallery | April 5-May 10 | Dallas
Reception Saturday, April 5, 2-6pm

Row of Zinnias, 9x12, oil on panel, L.Daniel © 2014 

Beach Shadows, 9x12, oil on panel, L.Daniel © 2014

Waterfront Lanai, 9x12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

Leaning In, 12x9, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Golden Marshland - Anderson Gallery Exhibit

Golden Marshland, 18 x 24, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Available at the Anderson Gallery

A few weeks ago, I posted a small study of this piece - so if it looks familiar, that's why. I love how the neutral toned marsh grasses come alive at the end of day. This painting one of several new works for my upcoming show, "Marshside to Seaside", all inspired by the golden isles on the Georgia coast. 

"Marshside to Seaside", Anderson Fine Art Gallery, April 24-May 25, St. Simons Island, GA

Click HERE to see more work for the show on my special website page.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cascading Cloud Bank - Anderson Gallery Exhibit

Cascading Cloud Banks, 30 x 24, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2014
Available at the Anderson Fine Art Gallery

Sometimes, cloud banks seem to literally pile up as they roll in over the beach. On this particular day, the banks got so high that the dunes and sea grasses were completely dwarfed below. I love it when the sky gets big like that. This piece is headed for my solo show on St. Simons Island - opening April 25th.

BTW - I will be teaching a plein air workshop in conjunction with my show, and I just got word that we've had a cancellation. If you are a last minute planner, this spot might be for you!! Details:

April 24 - 26, 2014, 9 am - 4 pm

St. Simons Island, Georgia

Register with Mary Anderson

Phone: 912- 634-8414 | Email:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Standing Watch - Anderson Gallery

Standing Watch, 18 x 18, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2014
Available at the Anderson Fine Art Gallery

I am so excited to tell you about my upcoming solo show at the Anderson Fine Art Gallery in St. Simons Island, Georgia. It opens in April and I have been busy, busy painting a new body of work. It is all inspired by the golden isles, one of my favorite places in life. "Standing Watch" captures an early morning feeding time for the local egrets. They are beautiful, graceful creatures. 

"Marshside to Seaside"
Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA
April 25 through May 24
Reception April 25, 6-8 pm

Click HERE to see more work for exhibit on my special website page.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Adobe Dwelling - Big Bend, Texas

Adobe Dwelling, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Click to purchase $120 + $16 s/h

This is the last of my paintings from Big Bend and one of my favorites. Something about that orange and blue combination gets me every time. When the late afternoon sun hit this old adobe remnant, I knew I was in for the duration. It was one of those best moments, when the time and light agree to performing a little magic. I was privileged to be there as a witness. 

See more Small Works.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Layered Mesa - Big Bend, Texas

Layered Mesa, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014 

The Old Maverick Road is a "short cut" on the west side of Big Bend National Park. It's shorter as the crows fly, but kind of a wash board to drive on. Nevertheless, I drive it at least once, almost every time I am there. And I usually feel compelled at some point to pull off and paint one of the views. What caught me here was the layering of shapes off into the distance. Simple, but so distinctly Big Bend.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Backlit Arroyo - Big Bend, Texas

Backlit Arroyo, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

One magnificent occurrence in the desert, is how foliage finds a way to thrive. Even when there is no apparent water, it's clear that there is enough moisture (somewhere) for certain species to grow and reproduce. These cottonwoods dotted an entire plain, following water tracks in the arroyo. Flooding signs are everywhere, and when the rain comes, it flows heavily right through here. Hard to imagine on a steaming hot afternoon. 

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Chisos Basin - Big Bend, Texas

Chisos Basin, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Big Bend, Texas

Have I told you that the Big Bend of Texas is a place of great diversity? It has the desert, the mountains, the river, and all of the accompanying elements. This scene is at one of the higher altitudes inside the national park. A trail from here takes many hikers out to "The Window", where these two mountain ranges come together. It's pretty cool to see. 

Above: My paint site - I love it when I remember to do this. The painting is under my umbrella shade, otherwise, the painting would have been washed out completely. 

See more plein air Field Work.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

River Grasses - Big Bend, Texas

River Grasses, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Big Bend, Texas

Standing on the Texas side of the Rio Grande River, it's hard to believe that Mexico is just a stone's throw away. I could've waded over, but alas, did not have my passport with me. I was quite happy observing these backlit grasses along at river bank. They brought an irresistible warm glow to the soft desert neutrals. Inspiring. 

See more plein air Field Work.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Santa Elena Canyon - Big Bend, Texas

Santa Elena Canyon, 12 x 9, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Big Bend, Texas

This ancient canyon is divided by the Rio Grande River which flows along the Texas/Mexico border. The massive size of the rock walls along the river are ominous as you drive up to them and the canyon itself is awesome. When the light hits it in the morning, the shadows bring it alive. This spot is one of the "must see" treasures of Big Bend. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Desert Morning - Big Bend, Texas

Desert Morning, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Big Bend, Texas

I just returned from a painting trip to Big Bend. For those of you who haven't been, this is the wild, wild west of Texas - but on the southern border, down by Mexico. If you read the book, No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (or saw the movie) you've got a picture. It's a stark and harsh landscape with a beauty all its own. This particular morning dawned with bright light and long shadows, and the desert floor seemed to sparkle. Finding a spot to paint was as easy as pulling over to the side of the road. 

For those who have been, this is the Burro Mesa Pouroff with Santa Elena Canyon in the far distance. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Special Post - 2

Seated Female 2, graphite on newsprint, 20 x 12, L. Daniel © 2014
20 minute pose

Here is another set of images from my Life Drawing class… mind you, I have many, many drawings that will never see the light of day. But I share these, trusting that you will go easy on me. :) Did I mention how much fun I have been having?  

Next week, I will be back with paintings from Big Bend, Texas. It's truly the wild, wild west of Texas, and painting there is always an adventure!

3 minute gesture drawings

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Special Post - 1

Seated Female, graphite on newsprint, 10 x 10, L. Daniel © 2014
20 minute pose

As promised, I am going to let you in on a little secret I have been keeping... I have been taking life drawing classes since the fall! It's something I haven't had time for (or MADE time for quite honestly), since college. I quite forgot how much fun it is and how good it is for training the eye (and the hand, and the heart, and the brain.) It's simply great discipline for any artist, regardless of chosen genre. My teacher is David Everett, an incredible sculptor here in Austin who is really good at explaining proportions and the relationships between weight and body masses. I am never ready to leave when the sessions are over. 

Like many life drawing classes, we start with 3 minute gesture drawings to warm up before going to the longer poses. The idea is to catch the attitude and mood of the pose with very few marks. Below are a few from my sketchbook that seemed to come close. It has been great practice, and very humbling at the same time. I have so very far to go!!! (Maybe that is why I kept it a secret.)

3 minute gesture drawings

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Beach Study

Beach Study, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Click to purchase $120 + $16 s/h
Available for shipping March 3rd. 

I spent most of this week working on a large beach scene that includes this clump of grasses and their wonderful shadows. This little piece helped me work out colors and forms before starting. I am busy painting a new body of work for my upcoming show at the Anderson Gallery, which opens April 25th on St. Simons Island. It's titled "Marshside to Seaside" and will feature scenes from the low country of the Georgia coast - one of my favorite places. I'll be sharing images of the larger work as the date gets closer. 

Meanwhile, I am heading off on a plein air painting excursion in Big Bend (taking just a little a break from beaches and marshes). While I am gone, I have some surprise posts planned… so please stay tuned!!! No hints! ;) 

See more Small Works.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Golden Marshland Study

Golden Marshland Study, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014


The colors of wintertime on the Georgia coast are intoxicating. At this time of year, the marsh grasses turn a soft neutral tone and are absolutely emblazoned by the warm afternoon light as it slips toward the horizon. Maybe this is one of the reasons these barrier islands are often referred to as "the Golden Isles"… golden, they are.  

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Lush Lagoon Study

Lush Lagoon Study, 6 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014

This small study helped me get the grasses and lake reflections in my mind for a larger painting of the same scene. It always helps me to play around with color and composition before jumping to a bigger canvas. I find that the small ones give me a sense of where I want to go without getting bogged down with too much detail. (The larger piece is on it's way to the Greenhouse Gallery for the Salon International 2014!) 

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Dune Walk Study

Dune Walk Study, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Click to purchase $120 + $16 s/h

This is a study I painted in preparation for a larger studio piece. These winter months are great for studio work and there is nothing quite like revisiting warmer seasons while I am at it! This beach is in St. Simons Island on the Georgia coast, one of my favorite places in life. I am looking forward to being back soon! 

WORKSHOP OPENING: I am teaching a plein air workshop on St. Simons in April, and there are 2 spots available. If you can join us, register with Mary Anderson at the Anderson Fine Art Gallery.

See other Small Works.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Winter Light

Winter Light, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Click to purchase $120 + $16 s/h

Sometimes, when sunlight hits the winter landscape, it offers a surprising and unexpected warmth. I know you have seen it. When it happens, everything about the stark bareness seems to radiate. This old homestead had that irresistible fiery glow. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pasture Rest

Pasture Rest, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Click to purchase $120 + $16 s/h

First of all, thank you all so much for your outpouring of support and congratulations. It made me feel so good and even more excited about the Salon International show. Kind words mean so much… thank you, thank you, thank you!

Now… the painting above… I painted this little country scene in Fredericksburg when I was last there. It was a gorgeous day and I drove quite a ways down a country lane looking for just the perfect spot. After I got all set up, I realized that I had no paper towels (a very important tool in the kit of a painter). Thankfully, one of our family "practices" is to keep the glove compartment well-stocked with Starbucks napkins. Let me just say, those napkins saved the day. I got to stay and paint the lovely sheep, and NOT make a huge mess!! 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Lush Lagoon - Salon International 2014!!

Lush Lagoon, 18 x 18, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2014
Juried into Salon International 2014!!

I am so happy to share that my painting, "Lush Lagoon", has been juried into Salon International 2014!! This annual show is sponsored by the Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, and includes some of the best work being done today. I am honored and humbled to be included for the fifth year in a row. The show will be on display from April 5-25, and I can't wait to see it. WOOOOOO HOOOOO!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Overflowing and a Demo

Overflowing, 10 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Workshop Demo - NFS

This is the second demo I did for my work-shoppers last week. Several of you have written to ask about my process and what I was teaching. Although I didn't get process shots of either piece I painted in class, below is a series of paintings from my handout that show my general approach. Of course, this is greatly simplified (you have to come to the class for the long version - wink, wink) but hopefully, you will get the gist.

Under Drawing Block In
Consider this a road map of your composition.
Identify and separate shadow family from light family.

 Establish Values in Color

Paint SHAPES of color and light.
(SQUINT DOWN for large masses.)

Add Subtle Shifts
Break up major shapes with subtle value and temperature shifts to suggest detail.

Add Highlights, lowlights, calligraphy
These are the finishing touches - Save till last!

I do love still life work and believe that painting from life in the studio is incredibly good practice. DO try this at home! :)