Monday, December 22, 2008

Before the Next Storm


This pc is approx 30" x 30" which is bigger then what I normally do and was done yesterday morning, before the latest storm covered us with about 2 ft of snow. The sun came out for about 45 mins and it was nice to see warm colors again even if it was on snow. This morning I could not even get my Wife's Jeep out of its parking spot never mind the yard. I plan on doing more snow paintings with all the new feet of snow we received, but I'm afraid my plow guy is not coming and I have a few tons of snow to shovel. Quote:"In Art, the hardest skill to learn is to be simple" Sergei Bongart This is my last post before Christmas so Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Crazy Kwanzaa to all !!...(sorry if spelling wrong on holidays)

12 comments:

Frank Gardner said...

Wow Dan, that is pretty big.
I love it. This whole series is real nice.
Good color.
I wish the enlarged version was not quite so blurry, I'd like to see some brushwork.

Good quote too.

Merry Christmas to you and Raquele.

Dan Corey said...

Thanks Frank, I have taken a bunch of pics of this piece and this is the best so far but I will keep trying and replace it if I can get one better, I left your Merry Christmas on your blog but you can have this one to,, Merry Christmas

Solvay said...

OH - now, that one has a "voice" - and, it's a voice I'm liking. It's all foggy and mysterious, but not smeary and amoebic. That little tree in front - wait - I have to go look at it again......to be finished in the next comment.....

(oh, too funny - the "word verification" word is EMINDS. very funny!)

Solvay said...

- yep - I'm back - it's those wee trees up front that make the tree trunks in the forest have sense to them. but, I'm not a painter and not rich enough to be a collector, so my eyes don't have much value. but, well, I like that one a lot. It has character - or, "voice" - and I like it. It's evocative and atmospheric and makes you want to go in - makes ME want to go in - not just stand back and say, "Ah, mmmmmmm, yes, isn't the technique just, well big and buttery like this cabernet - I think I'll try it with the gorgonzola. You, dear? Does it pair well with the oak in your Central Coast Chardonnay?" No. It makes you just want to go in there and settle in with the doe and her fawns in that warm bed of yellow - there's bound to be another one way safe in that forest.

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I'm punchy - it's been a LONG month and I'm on the homestretch, now.

I like this painting.

oh - I just saw Frank's comment out of the corner of my eye - he referenced a quote - I usually don't read the post til after I look at the painting and comment on it. I guess I'll go back and see what you quoted.........

In Scandinavia, they like Christmas a lot. One Christmas Eve isn't enough - they have a Christmas Eve Eve - Lille Jule Aften - Little Christmas Eve. That's the 23rd, and I think that's today.......Yes. So, Happy Little Christmas Eve!

Solvay said...

........ah............simple. paring away everything nonessential, even if it hurts to remove the comfort zone................sheesh. did you HAVE to say that?
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Dan Corey said...

Hey Solvay, Thank you for the compliments and taking the time to cover all points. Usually the quote is somehow related to the picture or the write up, this one I guess could be related to everything from surviving the current economy to painting a painting that you might wanna look at again in a week..?.. Happy little Christmas Eve to you. :)

Jack Riddle said...

Dan--found your site via Frank Gardner's blog. Love your work-so evocative. Bristol is not that far from me (So. Portland). Perhaps we can get together for some painting sessions--I'm looking for non-Portland based painters to work with.

Dan Corey said...

That sounds Great Jack, thank you by the way for the kind words, Happy Holiday!

Ed Terpening said...

Wow, wonderful painting. I'm a big fan of Bongart, love the quote. I'm really working on simplifying.

Dan Corey said...

Hey Ed, Thank you and I'm glad you like. I could be completely ignorant to Bongart's actual popularity but he seems to only be loved by the painters. By the way Ed I checked out your blog and some of your vids on youtube, Nice Work! Happy Holidays, Dan

Dar Presto said...

A very nice piece,Dan, I love the color. You've shown how glorious winter can be, when you're not buried under it.
Solvay will appreciate that my word verification is 'dinglese.'

Dan Corey said...

Thanks Dar, I also get a kick out of what the word verification, mine is " untribl" ..?.