Thursday, February 15, 2018

Poppy Fields of Campagna - Plein Air Magazine editorial

Poppy Fields of Campagna, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2018
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I am very pleased to share that "Poppy Fields of Campagna" is included in the March issue of Plein Air Magazine! The article is about artists who travel and paint, and this piece is from my visits to Italy where our daughter's family has been living for 3 years. Scenes like this one are all around their home in the countryside at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius. My little grandson loves to take bike rides with his dad to feed carrots to the horses on neighboring farms. Such a life!!!

 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Craggy Shore and a winter group show in Austin!

Craggy Shore, 30 x 40, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2018
Available at the Davis Gallery

This painting is an enlargement from a small plein air study I did a year or so ago. It was the perfect subject for our current group show, "In Depth", at the Davis Gallery here in Austin. For this exhibit, each gallery artist was asked to consider the 5th element of art - space - as we created works to be included. I always get a sense of HUGE space when I stand at the edge of the ocean. In this scene, the rhythmic pattern of the rocks and water disappearing into the distance helped to tell the story of that vastness.

Below: this painting ended up in the gallery window for the show! YAY! Here is a shot taken from outside after the opening reception. The show is up through February 24th. If you are anywhere near Austin, please drop by!


Also in the Davis Gallery show: 
Beach Cove Overlook, 18 x 36, oil on canvas. 

Free to Roam, 18 x 18, oil on canvas.




Thursday, February 1, 2018

Beach Cove Overlook - and reworking a painting

Beach Cove Overlook, 18 x 36 , oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2018
Available at Davis Gallery

"How do you know when you are finished?" This is an often asked question to which I usually answer, "when there is nothing left in a painting that bothers me." This is one that kept bothering me as it dried on the shelf in my studio. Apparently, I was not done with it.

I stared at it for weeks (sometimes these things are hard to figure out) and finally determined what the problems were: 1) the foreground needed a stronger lead-in, and 2) the cove in the background needed to settle into the distance a little better. Below are the "before and after" shots so you can see the changes.

BEFORE...

AFTER REWORKING

Adding a path was the obvious solution for the lead-in problem, but the cove issue was trickier. Was it the shape? (Yes, too round.) Was it the size? (Yes, too dominant.) And most important - how to fix it? After much thought, I decided to add more grasses to overlap some of the water. It was a scary choice and a bit counter-intuitive to hide a beautiful, natural water feature. 

Well... That small change made the cove more of a sliver, and pushed it into it's proper space in the background. Instant relief! I'm glad I kept at it until it stopped bothering me. :)


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Free To Roam and Happy New Year!

Free To Roam, 18 x 18, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2018
Available at Davis Gallery

I know I have been missing in action for the last few months, and want to assure you that all is well with me. I have had a couple of kind souls check in on me, and I so appreciate that love and care. My only excuse is that life just got busy!! So here we are. Happy "New" Year, all! ;)

This painting was a fun one for me. I met these audacious little goats several years ago, and have wanted to paint them ever since. They quite owned the land on this ranch outside of Kerrville, Texas, and didn't let anyone get in their way. I loved that about them, and could kind of relate!

 
You can see from my block-in that I added one more goat to the front of the pack as the painting progressed. I really wanted to portray how very UNDETERRED they were by my presence as they ambled by (although I did get the stink-eye from Billy Goat Gruff in the middle). At the time I was doing a plein air painting from that spot, and I am pretty sure they would have walked right through me if they could have! 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Desert Clusters - American Women Artists Exhibit at the Tucson Desert Art Museum

Desert Clusters, 18 x 18, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2017
Under a Vast Sky
American Women Artists Annual Juried Exhibit
Tucson Desert Art Museum
Tucson, Arizona
Reception November 3, 5-8pm

This year, American Women Artists launched 25 in 25, a goal to secure twenty-five museum exhibitions in as many years. We are doing this because work by women artists makes up only 5% of permanent holdings of museums in America. Can you believe it's that low? Our group is determined to do something about this, and now has museum shows booked through 2020. This is the first show from this initiative and it's pretty exciting! Unfortunately, I am unable to make the reception this year, but I know it will be a beautiful show! If you are in or near Tucson this weekend, please stop by!

Click HERE to see show online.
For purchase inquiries, contact the Tucson Desert Art Museum.  
Exhibit is on display through December 3. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Chapel Solitude

Chapel Solitude, 12 x 16, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2017

Painting at this little chapel on a quiet Sunday afternoon offered sweet solitude, yes... but also, the simple joy of putting brush to canvas. Every half hour, Carillon Bells rang out beloved church hymns, and a light salt breeze was in the air. Delicious sights, sounds and smells were all around! 

I did remember to take some process shots to use in my upcoming workshop which starts Friday (I always like to have fresh material for my handouts!) The images below show how I built the painting.


 Block in large shapes and values (ultramarine and burnt sienna)


 Mass-in Upright Planes (work dark to light)

Mass in Ground Plane and Sky Plane (cover canvas with simple shapes0

Break up Masses with subtle value and temperature shifts...
Add Highlights at the very end!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Seaworthy

Seaworthy, 16 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2017
Available (click for purchase info)

This past weekend I made a quick trip down to St. Simons Island, and that almost always means some good painting time outside! It's fun to just start driving and see what inspires. Boats always catch my eye and sailboats have a special romance. Even though I don't even know how to sail, I sure do love the look of them! This one was docked and ready for a run... fortunately, it stayed put for the duration of my painting. :)

For those of you who have kindly inquired, ours and our family's homes were all spared any damage in Hurricane Irma. There was quite a bit of flooding on the island, and many trees were stripped and burned by the salt winds. The island was closed for almost a week, but I am happy to report that all is now calm. These storms are scary. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Garden Cuttings - and a process demo

Garden Cuttings, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2017
Click to purchase $120 + $16 s/h

In a recent still life workshop, I promised some of my students that I would post a process demo to reinforce our sessions. It is so easy to be intimidated by a blank canvas, and I find that it really helps me to take a systematic look at my subject matter. First I look at the overall silhouette, then I study the darks and lights, and compare, compare, compare. How does the cast shadow compare to the form shadow? How does white in the shadow compare to black in the light? 

Below are shots showing my basic process of taking those observations from my eyes and head and getting them onto the canvas...
Rough sketch for placement and composition.
Using a mix of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.

 Block-in of large masses, indicating a range of 3-5 values.
Still using the dark neutral mix of ultramarine and burnt sienna.

Mass in the dark family (including cast shadows and form shadows).
Maintain simple shapes and avoid detail at this stage.

Mass in the light family, keeping simple shapes and avoiding detail.
Break up large masses with subtle shifts in value (within value families).
Last - Add pop with spectral highlights and reinforced darks.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Circle of Lilies - Cancer Vaccine Fund Raiser

Circle of Lilies, 12x12, oil on gallery-wrapped canvas, L.Daniel©2017
AVAILABLE in an auction this weekend... and you can be a part!
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I am honored to join 70+ artists who created original artwork for the "Mandalas for Kristin" fundraiser at the Davis Gallery in Austin. Every dollar raised will go to the Peabody Fund: The Cancer Vaccine Project. Click HERE to learn more about this ground breaking cancer trial, and Kristin Peabody, the brave, young woman who inspired it. It's an amazing and compelling story. Circle of Lilies... painted with much love and many prayers.

"Mandalas for Kristin" Silent Auction
September 23, 2017, 6:30-9pm
Davis Gallery, Austin, TX


Provide name, email, phone number and your highest bid.
Minimum bid: $250 (market value $800).

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Shore Birds - Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser for Rockport Center for the Arts

Shore Birds, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2017
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You will be redirected to fundraiser check out page at Plein Air Austin.
Painting to be shipped at end of fundraiser, by October 15.

HURRICANE HARVEY FUNDRAISER 
FOR THE ROCKPORT CENTER FOR THE ARTS

On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey came ashore over the coastal town of Rockport. This thriving art community suffered a great loss when their Rockport Center for the Arts was devastated by high winds and rain. In response, Plein Air Austin reached out to Texas artists who have generously donated unframed artwork to raise $10,000 to help our neighbors rebuild. Each painting is $100 and 100% of your purchase will go directly to the center. Purchasers will receive a tax deductible receipt.

View all donated paintings HERE... take home some treasures as you lend a hand!

But friends, a picture is worth thousand words...
 The Rockport Center for the Arts BEFORE Hurricane Harvey...
 ... and AFTER...
Please join us as we help our friends on the coast...
And many thanks to Robin Cheers for her incredible organization of this event!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Marsh Dock and the calm before the storm...

Marsh Dock, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2017
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On Labor Day, I grabbed an opportunity to get out and paint on St. Simons Island. It was my last day before heading back to Texas after a wonderful family visit; and this peaceful marsh scene was calling my name. The color of the grasses and drifting clouds and the screeching birds were simply enticing! When a neighbor came by and asked for my card, I didn't think much of it (I give out a lot of cards). But she called me later that day and bought it! This doesn't happen very often and I was delighted! Thank you, TP!

Now, Hurricane Irma is projected to barrel right into this beautiful spot. My painting time was truly the calm before the storm. Everyone is scurrying to prepare, and many will evacuate. Hearts are anything but peaceful. This is a dangerous hurricane season... please add St. Simons Island and the Georgia coast (along with all those in Irma's path) to your prayers!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cottage View

Cottage View, 12 x 9, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2017

I managed to get back to the Georgia coast for the grand finale of summer. I have had a couple of very full months, and it felt good to get back to the golden isles with my paintbrushes. This lovely view belongs to a woman who grew up not only on St. Simons Island, but on this very seafront property, which she recently inherited. It was a real treat to spend the day painting there, feeling the delicious sea breezes and listening to the constant sound of the surf. Many thanks, AB and RB, for your gracious hospitality!!!!

Fall workshops at The Contemporary Austin Art School are coming up! Please join me!
Still Life: Process and Studies, 9/29-30/2017 REGISTER HERE
Plein Air: Identifying Values, 10/20-21/2017 REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Antiques on the Corner

Antiques On The Corner, 10 x 9, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2017
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Victorian Place Antiques in Brunswick, Georgia, sits at the intersection of Gloucester and MLK. I was drawn to this storefront by its charming angled entrance, and its architectural reminder of an era gone by. (I also loved the shady parkway that provided cool protection on a hot, steamy Georgia morning!) This building has been repurposed time and again for the various dreams of its ever changing owners. It is now full of beautiful antique treasures. If walls could speak, I am sure this place would tell many tales. 

Huge thanks to those of you who have checked in with concern about the flooding in Texas... I appreciate it so much! All is well with us, but please keep Houston and other flooded areas in your prayers! There has been much loss!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Farmyard

Farmyard, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2017
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This old barn is a remnant of an old ranch just outside of Austin. I love painting on this property because it's very close to home, but feels far away... kind of like taking a little vacation without having to travel. And, I always see something new, whether it is a new vista, or a new subject, or just a new angle on something. This is actually the place where I filmed my instructional video, "Outdoor Painting Basics" (only in the video, I am standing behind the barn painting the countryside, in the shade!) 

Here is a link to that video... available through Liliedahl Art Instruction Videos...

Monday, August 21, 2017

Summer Shadows (and fall workshops!)

Summer Shadows, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2017
Click to purchase $120 + $16 s/h

I am finally back stateside, after a delightful visit in Italy with my new granddaughter and her family! I had a wonderful time and it was so hard to leave. Sigh!

Now that I am back, it seems like summer is coming to an end, school is starting, and all the year round activities are starting back up. (This summer went by a little too fast!) For me, it has been more than satisfying to get my brushes wet again and to be outside painting. This simple tree gesture was all I needed to get my creative juices flowing!  

Fall workshops at The Contemporary Austin Art School are coming up! Please join me!
Still Life: Process and Studies, 9/29-30/2017 REGISTER HERE
Plein Air: Identifying Values, 10/20-21/2017 REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Plein Air Show and Fall Workshops in Austin!

Sailor's Delight, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2017

Plein Air Austin Show - Corridor of Arts Gallery
Chase Bank Building, 700 Lavaca, Austin, TX
Through September 5, 2017

Plein Air Austin is having its annual show this summer, and I am pleased to have these four paintings on display with that exhibit. Please stop by and take a look if you are in downtown Austin! 

FALL WORKSHOPS: 
Registration is now open for my fall workshops at The Contemporary Austin Art School. Please follow the link below for more info and to register. I would love to see you!!!

Still Life: Process and Studies, 9/29-30/2017 REGISTER HERE
Plein Air: Identifying Values, 10/20-21/2017 REGISTER HERE


 Bright Spring Morning, 8 x 16, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2017

Rising Tidewaters, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2017

Hill Country Bell Tower, 12 x 9, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ready for Harvest - Radiant Group Show

Ready for Harvest, 18 x 36, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2017
Available at the Davis Gallery Radiant Show

This is the last of my pieces represented in the Davis Gallery summer group show. In case you missed an earlier post, the show is "focused on radial compositions, luminescent surfaces, circular shapes, and all things Radiant..." 

As I worked on each painting, a local farm scene from my plein air workshop kept screaming to be painted. This angle, with it's one point perspective, added another whole level to the radial design concept. In addition to the circular form of the flowers, the radiating design of their petals, the luminescent quality of their color... the rows of plants themselves create a radiating pattern as they disappear into the distance. 

Radiant. I love this theme. The show is up through August 19 at the Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas. For purchase inquiries, please contact Kevin Ivester, kevin@davisgalleryaustin.com.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tilting Faces - Radiant Group Show and process shots

 Tilting Faces, 18 x 18, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2017
Available in the Davis Gallery Radiant Group Show

This is the third of four paintings that are on display in the Davis Gallery "Radiant" show. I have had several people ask for more details on the underpainting technique I used to achieve the glow in these paintings. SO... below are process shots of how I preserved the golden areas by laying in a stain of Indian Yellow. Unlike the cadmium family, this yellow is transparent and works well as an undertone without contaminating the layers above. (Cadmiums are opaque and tend to mix into and change subsequent layers, instead of glowing beneath them.) 

Below you can see how I went from my block in, straight to staining the "glow" areas. This allowed me to preserve those areas for later development AND provided a base tone that would glow through subsequent layers. 


Sketch and beginning of block in.


Block in with Indian Yellow applied to floral "glow" areas.
I painted the yellow in, then wiped it out leaving a stain behind.

Working dark to light, I return to the foliage... 
Darkest darks and highest contrast in foreground, muted and softer in background.

In the final stage, I add highlights to all the greenery and develop the flowers.

Perhaps the biggest development is how that front flower "tilted it's face" in these final marks. It's never too late to change things, and that was an important one. I thought it looked too rigid facing forward, so I used information from flowers behind it to change things up. I like the final gesture of that front sunflower so much better! It feels much more natural to me. :)

Personal GrandBaby Update: I am still in heaven with my daughter's family and their new baby girl, and so grateful for these days of bonding. Her name is Laurel Anne (she'll go by the double name), after me and her other grandma, whose middle name is Anne. What a great honor for us!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Urban Pinwheel - Radiant Group Show

Urban Pinwheel, 18 x 18, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2017
Available at the Davis Gallery in Radiant Show

I love that sunflowers come in many varieties. They are cultivated as a farm crop but they also make wild appearances along country roads and city highways. These untamed beauties were especially captivating to me, as they shimmered in juxtaposition to the hard lines of the cityscape in the distance. That contrast greatly enhanced the brilliance of the delicate flowers. 

One painting technique I used to depict "radiance" with these sunflowers, was to use an undertone in the brilliant areas. I did my block-in as usual, but before building up the values and color, I added passages of Indian Yellow where I wanted the color to pop later. Indian Yellow is transparent and can easily be used like a stain (if applied thinly and wiped out it's unobtrusive to subsequent layers.) I then continued to work from dark to light, as usual. That intense undertone not only saved the place of the brilliant areas, it helped to cast a radiant glow. (For purchase inquiries, please contact Kevin Ivester, kevin@davisgalleryaustin.com.)

Initial Sketch...

Block in with splash of Indian Yellow to mark the brilliant areas. 

Baby Watch Update: Our sweet baby granddaughter was born early Monday morning (on her due date), healthy and happy! What a great blessing and honor it is to be here, and to see this dear new life as she meets her family and the world for the first time! Her big brother is pretty taken with his new baby sister! Such JOY!!!!!