Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bakers Dozen of A Year

It has been a while, huh? Recently realizing that I have not posted for over a year was a bit of a shock.. I have learned many lessons and painted miles of canvas over the year to ramble about. Where to begin? (or re-begin)

 First an update about the fire and fire sale. Having been in quite a pickle financially before the fire the sale helped me get some stability for a bit; which was refreshing.. Thank you to all that bought paintings and sent messages of encouragement! I did not lose everything in the fire like other tenants in the house but I did have to throw a lot away. Washing and wiping (and re wiping) soot off  all of the walls, off everything I didn't throw away became a full time job, for almost two months. Also finally people are not asking me if I smell a fire in close quarters. Most of my clothes smelled like fire  even after being professionally cleaned, Good times.. The house is still being rebuilt and is on its 200th year of existence. Happy Birthday to the Ranch! (used to be a bordello) 

 These days I am preparing for two major shows this summer on in June at Todd Bonita Gallery in Portsmouth New Hampshire and one in July right here in Maine at Portland Art Gallery.
I will share more info and a few sneak peak images closer to those dates. I have been focusing a lot on slight color shifts/colors found within a mass. I have always done this but am trying it a little differently, i am excited to share! 

Today's quote is a special one, to me.

Quote: "Stop searching forever, happiness is right next to you." Fortune cookie

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Fire and Fire Sale

The smoke before it really go going
 On Saint Patrick's Day in the early afternoon the smoke alarms started weezing their familiar, non alarming alarm. Most of the time these go off with forgotten toast but not this day..
  I live and paint on the third floor of this 199 year old house in the photo.
Being a regular occurrence to have these alarms go off, I almost didn't go out to check on the neighbors as I would have to walk around the house due to some snow still on my back porch and ugly blue Crocs on my feet.  For some reason i did. When i knocked on one of the back doors then the next,  I saw smoke rising in-between the blinds and the glass on the second. So i knocked harder then broke the door in with my shoulder. The apartment was filled with black, plastic smelling smoke that i knew not to mess with.
Where Molly Stayed for hours. She was shaken but not stirred..
Photo red: Alison Hill
I ducked down while yelling in with no response. The first door i knocked on opened and i asked him to call 911. I ran upstairs to grab Molly (my cat), my jacket and some real shoes, (I'm not doing in Crocs) knocking on doors on my way up.
By the time i tied my second boot, the firetrucks could be heard in the distance. When i ran back down the front inside stairs with Molly stuffed in my jacket,  the smoke was rising thru the cracks in them, it was like a weird old rock video.

Everything in the apartment, I found the fire in, was destroyed and it it didn't fair very well for most other tenants.. My apartment smelled terrible and looked like a bomb went off.. Everything was covered in black soot and smelled of smoke. I have been cleaning constantly since the day after it happened. I am very thankful nobody was hurt and I should be back to normal pretty soon. Thank you Rockland Fire Department!

So this event capped off me at my leanest time financially that I've experienced since starting to paint, full time. So this sale was going to be a regular sale as i needed to get traveling money and find a reliable car. So I lowered the prices for this occasion and you can find my Fire Sale here on my Facebook page Daniel Corey Paintings . Ive included a couple of the pieces available.  There are about 70 available.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Plain Air Workshop Dates, All Aboard!!

"All Aboard" 16x12" 

After much deliberation and and date checking Ive settled on three plain air workshop dates this year. May 21-22, August 13-14 and October 1-2. The price is $230. for two days. 9am-3pm. I will be accepting 8 students per class. Your normal oil paints will serve you fine but if interested in a supply list look at " "My class blog" link on the sidebar of this blog.

 These Plein Air Workshops will be in the Rockland area. I will show off my favorite local painting spots while pushing my agenda of abstract shapes, pattern and most of all color.
 Please contact me thru my website or thru my Facebook as email tends to sort spam without discretion.

Quote: "No color theory. Only love of color." Ken Kewley

Monday, January 4, 2016

Small Works and Watercolor

"Waiting" watercolor on toned paper 
  This winter I will be adding small works and  some watercolors to the DPW auction. Click HERE to see available pieces and for more info.

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Year in Review

"Self Portrait 2015" 8x6" 
2015 has been really good to me in ways that most other years were not, there were also some significant negatives though.. I have regular medical and dental care, I exercise five days a week and have a great woman in my life that I am very sure i do not deserve.. (no one does, she really is amazing.) ( I'm also pretty sure she won't read this, so its not for brownie points.)

 Also I have been feeling more in control of paint and color than any other time in my life. There is a new feeling of excitement to see what comes off my easel this coming year. Not that I wasn't excited before but its different now, Ill try to explain it this coming year thru my painting.

Wasn't there negatives to complain about?? ... hmm.. Nah.

Happy New Year!

"Let your past make you better, not bitter" A bumper sticker

"No enemy is worse than bad advice." Sophocles

Photo from my Instagram account dandylion_corey

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Charmed and Still Life Opening

"All The Donuts" 16x20"
"Oh Honeybear" 6x8"

  On this Thanksgiving I'm feeling thankful for the charmed life I have been lucky enough to experience. Not charmed in the "I'm rich enough to frivolously buy sleeveless sweaters!"  or have driven a golf cart to go get my mail but in the little things and quirky art viewing experiences that have happened to me.

When I was very young, I vaguely remember (or imagined very well) seeing a very life like painting with a person wearing  red right in the middle of the image, not showing their face. My mother many years later told me she had brought me to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum when I was a little kid. ( I was too young to know where I was, But that painting..! Oh boy, i remembered that.)  I connected the two, this painting was most likely the eventually stolen Vermeer. It is Vermeer's Quirkiest piece in my opinion. Worth Looking up.

 Then Years ago, I was still doing odd jobs and proving that the only job i was gonna hold was painting (Long story there..)  Visiting Newport Rhode Island doing the tourist thing and walked into a gallery (sorry I forget the name) and the show up was a collection of the most beautiful, subtle color harmony filled gauche and oil sketches by William Trost Richards. ( I command !! you to look him up if you are not aware of his work) This show had everything from him, His sketchbooks, watercolors, Gouache, oil sketches, finished pieces even his easel and a self-portrait by him. I was blown away..  His plain air sketches would be of a simple wave, not a ferocious crashing wave, he did those also in his finished but of a simple non crashing wave.. These waves were just a vehicle to show you the harmony of greens, regal blues and soft grayed yellows. I remember thinking " There must be a thousand different colors in this piece!!" ha! They struck me and very much influenced my search for color change within a shape.

I am Also thankful that the show I'm part of (at the Landing Gallery here in Rockland) with three other very accomplished artists is finally opening tomorrow night! I have poured myself into this show and contributed 40 pieces to it. I really tried my best to listen to my tastes, be honest with myself (especially when it hurts) and make paintings I would want to see. I hope you can make it to the opening, if not I hope you enjoy the online presentation. I warn you though, I'm known for bad photography of my work.. :)
 Here is the gallery LINK.
 Hopefully they will have the available work on their website soon. I will have it on my website by Saturday, here is a LINK.

Quote: "He only is great who had reached the heart of a thing, and this in the inner most holy place"

William Trost Richard

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Spooky Scary 2015

Spooky 12x16" 

Lately I have been painting mostly still life, this piece "Spooky" was my effort at a indoor nocturne. I  had fun trying to keep the lit up parts saturated with color while being lighter than everything else. That left some great rich colors to be found in the values that the leaves in the foreground were in. The leaves are my favorite part. The blue bits in the background are stacks of canvases leaned against couch in the next room. Their abstract, barely recognizable, random shapes worked well and added to the color harmony so i included them.
 The pumpkin used in this sketch was rescued from the rain after my friends had a pumpkin carving party. I was hoping to go back and paint the half dozen of the Jack-O-Lanterns together in their natural habitat, the edge of the porch but the weather had other plans..

 Upcoming show, November 14th at The Landing Gallery right here in Rockland. I will have more info on that very soon.

Happy Halloween!

Quote "Everything worth doing starts with being scared" Art Garfunkel