Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Assorted Small Landscapes by Andrew Daniel

Blue Victorian in Arcata Bottoms
Lately I have been hooked on landscape painting! Especially making these small paintings (5" x 7" - 13cm x 18cm). There is something about seeing the whole painting all at once that simplifies the process for me. Plus it is really fun to line them up at the end of the day and look at them together.

Bank of the Van Dusen
I have been spending time after work scouting the Fortuna area for painting spots. I stood under the 101 bridge that spans the Van Dusen River to paint this view. The overcast day inspired a composition in greys.

 Barn with out Buildings

Here is another spot I found in Fortuna, across the street from the hospital is a large field with a collection of old buildings.

 Morning Light in the Arcata Bottoms

Stopped to paint this scene before an appointment last week. At first the sky was overcast but just as I finished composing the sun came out!

These are all available in my online shop.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Roses and Leaves painting by Andrew Daniel

I met with John Crater at his studio on a rainy day last week. We decided to set up a still life instead of going out to paint the landscape. We were looking at a Richard Schmid painting on his computer screen as we worked for ideas. I focused on using more variety in my brush work as I know Schmid does. I was also trying to paint really thin for mu initial layer so that I could come in thicker on the next layers with out it getting hard to control. I think the painting feels more alive then my typical ones because of these approaches.

This is an original oil painting on Baltic Birch Panel . It measures 8" x 10" (20cm x 25cm), signed by the artist.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Alice Reading A Book painting by Andrew Daniel

My wife gets such an intense look of concentration when she is reading. She hates it when I paint the furrow in her brow! I felt compelled though because of the general intensity of the pose!

I tried really opening up as I painted the piece, imagining I was drawing with the brush. Trying not to edit my impulses and create some immediacy.

This is an original oil painting on canvas panel. It measures 10" x 8" (25cm x 20cm), signed by the artist. It is for sale in my Online Shop.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Bella with Roses oil painting by Andrew Daniel

Bella with Roses oil on wood
by Andrew Daniel 20" x 16"(51cm x 41cm)
My wife keeps taking the paintings I do of my daughter, so I decided to paint pictures of her friends instead. One theme that I have enjoyed when looking at historical paintings has been children in nature. More daughter's friend Bella graciously agreed to pose for me in our front yard by the roses.

Marsh View oil painting by Andrew Daniel

"Marsh View" oil painting
by Andrew Daniel 9" x 12"(23cm x 30cm)

Over several years, I have be revisiting the Arcata Marsh to paint landscapes. It has been a way get to know it's more subtle qualities. In this piece I has admiring the reflection of the trees and clouds as I painted.