Monday, August 29, 2011

"Daises" two oil painting by Andrew Daniel

I was asked recently to paint daises for one of my wife's friends/co-workers. I made two interpretations to try exploring the idea a bit. The top version, used some of the bold color sensibilities that I used to employ when was painting from my imagination.

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The bottom version, has a more straight forward approach to color and rendering. This one turned out to be what she was looking for.

Each painting oil on canvas by Andrew Daniel, measuring 9" x 12" (23cm x 30cm).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"Azalea Preserve" oil painting by Andrew Daniel

I worked on the initial layer of this painting out at the Mckinleyville Azalea Preserve with my friend Rick Tulley. When I got it home; as is often the case, I wasn't quite happy with the colors an composition that I had achieved outside.It seems like the way I see things in my minds eye is a bit larger then life, compared to what is there on the canvas when I return. So this time I decided to make some large changes to it and repaint over the top from memory. I guess this changes the emphasis of the end product. Instead of having the immediacy of a canvas painted directly from the subject, the viewer sees the vision and imagination of the the artist's response.

This painting is an oil painting on masonite panel. It measures 11" x 14" (28cm x 36cm). I have signed it on the front and back.If you would like to purchase it you can find it in my Etsy Shop.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Red Roses oil painting by Andrew Daniel

"Red Roses" oil painting on canvas by Andrew Daniel
12" x 9" (30cm x 23cm)

When I was initially getting excited about painting as a teenager, I used to go to museums with my father in Washington D.C. and New York. I would spend time in front of the Jackson Pollacks and stare into the webs of dripped paint. I liked the depth they created and the open composition that spread across the canvas. I would fantasize about creating paintings some day that had that same effect but with recognizable subjects to look at throughout the piece.

This is one of the ideas I now revisit often as a painter. I enjoy looking deep into bushes and seeing the alien world that is created when all the branches take up the whole field of vision. Someday I might try another large panel piece along these lines, where the flowers and branches take up the viewers whole field of vision. This painting, "Red Roses" is another exploration on the theme as I try to figure out how to make the flowers more interesting through use of brush work line and contrast.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

"Beets" oil painting by Andrew Daniel

"Beets" oil painting by Andrew Daniel
14" x 8" (35cm x 20cm)

I painted these beets because I liked the rich colors and the strong curves. As I worked and reworked the painting I learned a lot about thick wet on wet paint application. It was exciting to see the image emerge from so many smudges of thick paint blending together!

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