Monday, December 18, 2017

“Wetland Greens” by Andrew Daniel

After months of playing with process and abstracting nature, it felt like it was time to revisit and finish up some landscapes that I had left unresolved. I really enjoyed working in this mode again. Perhaps it fits my way of thinking better. I like making art that is receptive and observant of nature. By trying to abstract nature, I felt like I lost my relationship to it. This isn’t the first time I’ve rode this merry-go-round and ended up right back where I started, but each time is really instructive and helpful.

“Wetland Greens” 

12” x 24”

original hand painted in oil on canvas by Andrew Daniel

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Hot Pink Poppies by Andrew Daniel

I think I might have burnt a hole in my cell phone camera’s logic board trying to figure out an exposure setting for these fluorescent poppies! When I’m working with acrylics, I often get frustrated with how clumsy the medium feels compared to oils. But this time I thought I’d embrace the awkwardness and build an aesthetic around it. It was a lot of fun and it taught me about how to keep the eyes moving with color contrasts and gesture. My goal in this piece was to combine painting from observation with imagination in a more robust way. 

“Hot Pink Poppies On Teal” 

14” x 10”

hand painted original painting in acrylic

On rag paper with mat

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Marsh Wren and Leaves by Andrew Daniel

For a long time, I have wanted to combine the whimsy of my earlier geometric style with painting from observation. This piece feels like an intriguing window into that world of possibilities. This was painted on a piece of pine left over from a cabinet I recently built. It was fun playing with the tall rectangular format. 

Marsh Wren and Leaves 

original hand painted in acrylic on wood

14” x 5.5”

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Leaves and Branches on Blue by Andrew Daniel

For this piece I was responding to a photograph I took from a bush, on one of my daily walks. Each source seems to bring out different approaches to the paint. This source compelled me to use a rougher, more organic brushstroke than previous paintings, it was also interesting to work from a source that didn’t have a strong focal point. I eventually played up the leaf shapes with stripes to create something strong for the branches to dialog with.

Willow Branches - 10” x 14” hand painted original with Acrylic paint on rag paper 

Comes with mat board

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Monday, November 20, 2017

St. John’s Wort by Andrew Daniel

In this piece I am revisiting an old theme, but with a acrylic paints instead of oils. I have been trying to find a way to abstract nature that holds my interest. In this one, I started out very far afield, but over time decided I was more interested in the photo reference than in what I was inventing. So I gradually brought it around to something that was very much informed by my photo but still interesting in its paint quality.

hand painted unique and original

10" x 16" acrylic on rag paper

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Monday, November 13, 2017

St. John’s Wort #2 by Andrew Daniel

In my previous painting of this St John's Wort bush, I had used a lot of the painters logic that I used to use as an abstract painter, but in the end had a painting that looked very similar to my source, so I thought that maybe I should try another that didn't go through so many stages along the way. This piece feels more clear and direct, but perhaps the drama has been reduced as well. Sometimes it is good to look at an idea from several angles, trying to work out the best approach.

hand painted unique and original

10" x 16" acrylic on rag paper

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Flowers and Branches #1 by Andrew Daniel

I have been exploring different ways of abstracting nature lately. Trying to find my happy place. Today I have made some real inroads! It started with a foreboding feeling that my artistic crisis was not over, but instead really setting in. I wanted to paint but didn't really have any ideas that pulled me. I got out a neon red painting that had been responding to a photo of a St. John's Wart bush and started covering up the red and just playing with the natural rectangular shapes coming off my flat brush but still looking at the bush photo for ideas. This painting emerged and it felt really great doing it. It had been a long time since I had painted non-objectively/abstractly. It was like putting on an old favorite hoody that has been hanging out in the back of the closet unnoticed!

"Flowers and Branches" 14" x 10" hand painted original with Acrylic paint on rag paper 

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Flowers and Branches #2 by Andrew Daniel

In this piece, I wanted to reduce the subject down to it's most elemental shapes, circles and rectangles. This was an evolution from the last painting, in which I was just using the shape of the brushstroke.

Flowers and Branches #2 - 14" x 10" hand painted original with Acrylic paint on rag paper 

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Willow Branches by Andrew Daniel

In this piece I was playing with more organic shapes and layering. I wanted to have the piece still refer to the source, telling the story of the shapes that fascinate me in willow branches. I also wanted to experiment with a value transition from dark to light. The piece really came together in the end, when I introduced metallic gold, silver and bronze paints.

Willow Branches - 14" x 10" hand painted original with Acrylic paint on rag paper 

Comes with mat board

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tiger with Blue Fluttery by Rachel

Daily Paintworks fundraiser auction. 100% donation Click to bid
Oil on 12x16" panel
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have left behind terrible destruction and many people in need. This challenge is a fundraising auction to raise money to help our friends, family, and neighbors in the effected areas.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

"Grape Vines," by Alicia Tredway

11x14 oil on canvas.  Started this painting last spring and finished with the aid of photos in the studio.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Zebe by Rachel K Schlueter

Oil on 8x10" canvas.
Zebe is my friend Jill's kitty. She lived to be 18. Painting cats who've passed on is always delicate work. I wanted to keep this nice and loose-easier said than done.
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

GlamourPuss by Rachel

Oil on 5x7" canvas
Painting kitty faces is more challenging than one might think. You have to make sense of the furry features and somehow express in painting a wild cunning nature. The cat always elusive, my faithful muse. Click to Bid

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Holding the Floor by Rachel K Schlueter

Oil on 10x10"panel.
Painted on black surface is always fun, don't know why I don't do it more often. Stencils provide texture and pattern for curtain behind kitty. It all pretty simple.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"Farmers Market," by Alicia Tredway

This is farmers market in Garberville town square several years back but it still looks similar.  It's a colorful site.  15 x 19 oil on mylar.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"Church Singers," by Alicia Tredway

oil painted I did many years ago didn't start out as humorous as I was more interested in showing the shiny material of the woman's  blouse but the comical expressions won out.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

"Shiny Pot with Green Duck," by Alicia Tredway

This was painted when I was doing lots of still life on mylar... part of the green duck series.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"Lower Pacific," by Alicia Tredway

This was painted last year during "quick draw," an event at Shelter Cove .  8 x 8 oil on linen panel. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Green Cat by Rachel

Oil on 5x7" panel Click to Bid
Painting cats helps me with painting. Painting can be very difficult, and it can be fun. Painting for fun might seem lackadaisical, but whenever I'm painting I'm learning and as long as the paint is flowing there's adventure and I'm on track.

Alders in Morning Mist

I'll be open for North Coast Open Studios June 2,3,4,10,11. This painting will available there or online via the link bellow. Come drop in and visit! Please tell your friends!

Yesterday I made it out to Trinidad to paint the seaside, only to find that the ocean was obscured by deep fog, so I turned my easel toward the hillside looking up into a little valley between the cliffs. The alders made a striking tableau against the forest behind shrouded in mist. I think this may be the beginning of a series.

"Alders in Morning Mist"
12" x 12" oil on canvas

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