"Autumn Reflections" by Andrew Daniel
oil on wood 16" x 20" (30cm x 50cm)
I just hung this piece at the Arcata Marsh for a solo show at their interpretive center. The show will be up until the end of the month.
In order to create this painting, I visited the Arcata Marsh in the late afternoon probably 10 times; five of which the sunlight was casting the appropriate light for me to keep developing the piece. What I like about this process is the relationship that develops with the spot over the course of the painting. Even though the sun is basically coming in at the same angle it still can change a lot in the 2 hours that I am there. I know that at the beginning of the process the reeds on the left hand of the painting will be glowing from the sun hitting them, by the end of my time slot the sun will be shining through the tree branches on the right hand side in the back, giving them definition. Meanwhile the small tree in the center changes from orange to magenta, and I get to choose which of the colors it volunteers to add to my piece. I must say, I'm Jonesing to get out and do some more landscapes right now. Stuck in the studio for a few days while my foot recovers from Gout... Ugh!
This painting measures 12" x 20"(30cm x 50cm) and is painted in oil paint on a piece of Baltic Birch wood panel that measures 1/2" deep. It has a simple homemade slat wood frame.