Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Reading a Book on Sargent" by Andrew Daniel

"Reading a Book on Sargent" 9" x 12" (23cm x 30cm)
oil on canvas by  Andrew Daniel
available at my online shop

I've been trying to push myself to paint the environment as well as the model at the weekly figure painting sessions. This is something that I have been thinking about a lot and recently wrote about on my other blog.

On this day, one of the other people in the group, Fran Kuta, brought this lovely pink Kimono, it reminded me of some of the orientalism that was commonly painted in the late 1800's.

This piece was painted in oil on canvas. It measures . I have signed it on the front and back.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"Loleta View" oil painting by Andrew Daniel

 "Loleta View" oil painting on wood panel
6" x 10" (15cm x 25cm) by Andrew Daniel
available in my online shop

It's not hard to find a beautiful vantage point to paint from in Loleta California. The landscape is so expansive and the colors of the fields and mountains so harmonious, the problem is often, how do I choose what beauty to fit in and what to leave out! By focusing on these foreground trees, this painting has a sense of depth in that the distant farm buildings show up as tiny dots comparatively.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Red Barn painting by Andrew Daniel

 "The Red Barn" 6" x 10"(15cm x 25cm)
oil on wood panel by Andrew Daniel
Available in my online shop.

This barn is about a mile from my house. I walk by it often, when I am taking my dog out for exercise in the bottoms.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"Fall Colors on the Mad River" by Andrew Daniel

"Fall Colors on the Mad River" by Andrew Daniel
oil painting on wood panel 8" x 10" (20cm x 25cm)
 available through my online shop

This was the first of two paintings that I made alongside John Crater out in Blue Lake last month. We were making great progress, until the North Wind picked up and forced us to retreat to a new vantage behind the shelter of trees. I liked this piece, because I was up high on a bank looking down on the river, the fall colors were really, played off of the blue river. It was so cold that day, I thought I might be done painting landscapes for the winter. Turns out, since then I have been out about 20 times and not seen a wind nearly as frigid....

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Mary's Peak oil painting by Andrew Daniel

"Mary's Peak" oil on wood panel 9" x 12" (23cm x 30cm)
by Andrew Daniel
Available in my online Shop.

When I was visiting my Sister in law's family in Oregon last year. Her husband Bob Daley took me out into the farmland near Corvalis to do some landscape painting. We stopped by the side of the road and painted a view of Mary's peak on a sunny winter day.

"Pink Roses" oil on canvas board 11" x 14" (28cm x 36cm)
by Andrew Daniel
in the collection of Dennis Daniel and Sydney Wilde-Daniel

I was thinking about Pierre Bonnard with this one. He is one of my favorite painters! The way he scatters his brush strokes creates movement and looseness that looks almost ethereal! Here is a link to his paintings.