Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sunny Morning at Hurdygurdy Creek


I just put the final touches on the piece from our trip to the South Fork of the Smith River. I was standing on a bluff overlooking Hurdygurdy Creek with Rick Tolley, Antoinette Toni Magyar, and John Crater. The sun was blazing hot at 10:00 in the morning. We painted until we were about to drop from heat stroke both mornings, then went down to swim in the cool water!

"Sunny morning on Hurdygurdy Creek"
Oil on canvas 
20" x 16"

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

More set pieces and decor

My second iphone theater set piece. From an Insagram group selfie.

Decorations for my daughters graduation dance.


These photos show some of the other decor. Just imagine low light, music and 80 kids in formal attire!

I have been too busy messing around with set paintings and graduation dance decorations to do any "serious painting" these last two weeks. It's been fun to work big again, especially for an assignment that has very little "fine art" expectations. All of these were done as fast as possible, without time for hesitation, without time to shade or even mix extra colors. It is fun also to be thinking in terms of decoration vs. focusing on reproducing a realistic reproduction from life. Probably ideas I need to spend more time with. Years back I had pictured painting more imaginative imagery, but when I switched to oil, I couldn't help but want to go paint landscapes again. This was a chance to feel some of the potential in that direction of exploration.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Painting Theater Sets this week



Phew! It's been a whirlwind few weeks! The last couple weeks I had been prepping for Open Studios, then as soon as that was over, I had to get right onto the next deadline! I'm painting two of these giant Iphones for my daughters dance recital with No Limits Tap and Jazz Academy. The theme is time travel, so a few weeks ago I was doing disco dancers and this week I'm doing modern times, hence the Iphones... My daughter took a couple work in progress photos to share. I finished this with just minutes to spare before going to work. Tomorrow I start a different project, designing a fantasy environment for my daughter's middle school graduation dance. It's top secret though. Maybe next week I can share some photos of it! Once these are done, I promised myself I would read a book! I picked up a couple from the library and they are taunting me!

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Morning Reflections


"Morning Reflections" by Andrew Daniel
9" x 12" oil on canvas

I knew that in this painting, the thing I wanted to express was the beauty of the combination of brilliant green of the floating plants against the rich periwinkle of the water, so I leaned on that first before it could change. Then I just built the rest of the scene around it!

North Coast Open Studios started off slow this weekend, but then turned into my best yet! Many people came to take advantage of the over one hundred pieces in my "Make Me An Offer Room". Where I have pieces marked down and am open to haggling. There is still a tone of work left in there if you want to come check it out next Sat. And Sun. 11:00 to 5:00pm at 1885 Zehndner Ave. Arcata, Ca. 

Some people even bought pieces through Facebook just seeing stuff they liked in the photos!










Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Apples and Pears on Green


Andrew Daniel
"Apples and Pears on Green"
Oil on canvas
12" x 12"
400$

Northcoast Open Studios is June 4,5,11,12. Come hang out!

This is a still life I did about a year ago. I always fantasize about doing still lives. When I do them I really enjoy it too. The problem is, whenever I'm in the studio to paint vs. out on location I get overwhelmed with the stacks of unfinished paintings and end up grabbing one with the hopes of closure.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

California Poppies


"California Poppies" by Andrew Daniel
12" x 12" oil on canvas
$400 contact artist

Northcoast Open Studios is June 4,5,11,12. Come on by!

This was my first floral for the spring. I did it in response to an invitation to a themed group show made up of Native Wildflowers. Initially, I had trouble finding a wildflower that had the presence and personality I was looking for, but once I came across some photos of California Poppies, I knew I had met my match! 

This painting was the start of a thematic exploration, that I had mentioned in an earlier post. I'm seeing that the demands of the flower's dynamic shape and delicacy is making it necessary for me to approach paint application in a very different manner. 

Ideally I want the shapes to dance like a free form abstraction, which means that I have to be very conscious of how I manipulate the edge of shapes, so that the eye isn't grabbed too strongly. Also, I have to be selective in how heavy I put down the paint, at times using thick impasto to grab the eye, at other times letting the shape trail off into mystery.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Lazy Bend in the Slough


"Lazy Bend in the Slough" by Andrew Daniel
12" x 12" oil on canvas

This last weekend, was the grand opening event for a new public nature trail at Freshwater Farms. The event was put together by the Northcoast Regional Land Trust and included a whole ton of Plein Air artists working along the trail with over 1000 people attending. The weather was perfect, like it felt like the day would never end, so perfect one felt grace in it. I set up in the shade and got to gander on this beautiful bend in the slough for a few hours while chatting with visitors.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

View of the Lost Coast

"View of the Lost Coast" by Andrew Daniel
10" x 10" Oil on canvas

North Coast Open Studios is June 4,5,11,12!

This is a little 10" x10" painting I did with friends on the Lost Coast last weekend. We spent the day driving down the road and stopping at different outlooks. This was the third and final spot, which had a nice view looking up North along the coast with Sugarloaf rock far off in the distance. The painting came together really quickly in the field. I was able to put some embellishments on it at home this week. In the process, I had a nice break through about being more confident, trusting my brush and my personal calligraphic style. Paul wanted me to stop when it was only 40 minutes in. I chose to keep going and lost a lot of the spontaneity. Ended up having to use a different set of skills to finish than just bold spontaneity. Maybe next time I'll try and stop earlier!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Poppies in the Sun


Poppies in the Sun by Andrew Daniel
12" x 12" oil on canvas
Contact artist

This month I participated in a group show at Upstairs Gallery at Umpqua Bank in Arcata. Initially I really struggled with coming up with the right source photo, but finally settled on Poppies because they have such vibrant colors and make such interesting compositions when their shapes interact. I showed up an hour late to the hanging with a painting that was crazy with wet spackled on paint everywhere. 

Trying to nail on a homemade frame to a wet painting like this was no easy task! 

Anyway, the painting seemed to open up some sense of direction that I wanted to explore. It had been very narrow in it's color range, mostly yellows and sky blue.
Sorry I don't have a picture, I was in too much of a hurry to drop it off.

I had made a dynamic composition, with lots of movement and texture, but ultimately, I just wanted something more. 

So I painted this piece. I started with a bright pink gesso layer, so that I could have more colors showing, as they come through the paint. I then focused on bring more economical with my brushwork so that I could allow more pinks to show. Also I had chosen a source that had more colors to start with and as I painted it, I focused on mixing lots of warm and cool versions of each color. 

The piece evolved very quickly and I got really excited, thinking I could replicate and expand on what I had learned, I tried a new one straight off. However that one bombed...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Baker Beach and Trinidad Bay

"Baker Beach and Trinidad Bay" by Andrew Daniel
9" x 12" oil on canvas
available from the artist
This was a painting I did during one of my Wednesday morning ongoing classes as a demonstration. It was a lot of fun. My intent was to work against my typical mode, which is to work and rework the image until the spontaneity is buried under distractingly thick impasto paint. Boy it was fun! And the end product feels like it has a lot more energy and vibrant colors.