Monday, July 27, 2009

Flor Bonita,,oh wait Im in America, I better speak Indian..

This was painted about a week or so ago. I was painting with the Maine Plein Air Painters and could not stop looking at this flower.... so I painted it.

I felt really neutral while painting this,, I didn't try to add anything or really take too much away.. just painted it. I really wanna be there with all my work...

Quote:"Colour helps to express light, not the physical phenomenon, but the only light that really exists, that in the artist's brain." Henri Matisse

Friday, July 24, 2009

Pieces of America

This week I'm really counting my chickens and getting ready for Monhegan. I have been gluing linen to gatorfoam board, making monster paint orders, and picking the little things out of my studio (area) that I wont be able to live without for 5 weeks.. Also making "packing lists", boat reservations and figuring out how to get back in time for the Waldoboro "Paint the Town" (Aug 15th) my favorite plein air paint event. Oh yeah Ive been painting a bit to..

Anybody that has recommendations for what to pack please leave a comment I would rather hear "Bug spray" 10 times then forget or not think of..

Quote: "Why do people think artists are special? It's just another job."Andy Warhol (1928-87).
That guy makes me laugh...?.

Monday, July 13, 2009

King of Round Pond (Plein Air)

I'm heading out to paint but wanted to post.
This is the first of the King of Round Pond paintings (16x20)and its available at COCO VIVO Gallery. The Larger one (24x36) is available at Rock Point Gallery. sorry not even time for a Quote today.... take care, Dan

Monday, July 6, 2009

Gallery Announcement: COCO VIVO aka Coast & Cottage

This week I have completed the last (but not least) of my gallery agreements and have joined COCO VIVO Gallery ( ). COCO VIVO is located in two great art enriched locations, Charleston South Carolina and locally in the heart of Boothbay Maine. A fair share of the artists represented by the gallery are local painters that I see and paint with on a weekly basis with the Plein Air Painters of Maine.
With the other gallery location being in SC I will get to travel down south a bit to absorb a little of the local life and paint what strikes me, I am very excited to be able to do this and to join what seems like a very hard working succesful team.
This piece (20x16") was painted the day of "Finnegans" accident (see last post) and to me this large garage/barn with the driveway going to it instead of the house behind it, represents what life in Maine is. Functional, work first, with a simple beauty if we just take the time to look at it, thanks for looking.
Quote: All paintings start out of a mood, out of a relationship with things or people, out of a complete visual impression. (Richard Diebenkorn)
OK two quotes today : I can never accomplish what I want – only what I would have wanted had I thought of it beforehand. (Richard Diebenkorn)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Finnegan's Easel

The name of this sketch has a funny story tied to it, you see the day before i painted this I was painting in this area with a friend of mine (no names) and while we were painting maybe 50-60 ft apart I saw an elder man and his dog come up and start talking to my painting friend and he later came up to see me and talk for a bit. He was a very nice guy and his dog's name was Finnegan, he was one of those smaller dogs whose fur or hair looks messy (and like he was maybe just rescued from some natural disaster) Well it turns out what I thought was Finnegan watering a bush near my friend while they talked turns out he blessed the easel (Open box M) of my friend....I think he liked it so much, he claimed it. So if any of you come to Wiscasset to out for Finnegan.
Quote:If you clean it up, get analytical, all the subtle joy and emotion you felt in the first place goes flying out the window. (Andrew Wyeth)