Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tug of Workhorse


This piece is a 30x40 that I did recently. Seeing these two work horses back to back was almost too good to be true.
If you are a regular reader/viewer of my blog please take to time on this post to say hi or comment (positive or negative) and let me know you were here and what you think. Thanks for looking, Dan
Quote "Shadow is a color as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones." Paul Cezanne

15 comments:

Mick Carney said...

Hi and here's the comment : Your recent work is becoming even better at creating the feeling of light which has always been a strong characteristic of your work. So for instance in this piece the tonal contrast between the sides and top surfaces of the tractors is perfectly pitched and the subtle value changes in the foreground contribute significantly to the feeling of light. When I look back at your work that I discovered over a year ago it is clear that the thought, study and practise that you have undertaken have reaped great rewards.

As a matter of interest for a neophyte like myself, how do you go about producing the tonal contrast referred to above? How do you go about creating the mixes that depict the side and top of the vehicles?

Mary Byrom said...

Hey Dan, Just found you via Mark Hanson mentioning your beauport fix. Now I'll get one. I'll be painting up in your area soon!

Dan Corey said...

Thanks alot Mick, it's nice to hear that the miles of canvas are showing. As for the question about showing thetonal contrast, I really recommend working in black and white til it makes sense. I could try to explain it but it really comes down to observation. I will say massing in a focal area first and comparing other masses to the focal one will help you from being cornered into something you don't really wanna paint. We could email back and forth on this further if ou like.

Hi Mary, great drop me an email and if Im around we can meet up for some painting. good luck with the easel, it CAN be great.

Logan Hagege said...

Hey Dan, good to see some new paintings on here. I do stop by from time to time, but don't usually comment. So here I am!

Ed Terpening said...

Hey Dan, I'm a regular! Love seeing your work, especially your color. Guess I will see you at Door County Plein Air. Cheers.

sarahsbooks said...

I enjoy seeing your new work, but I don't comment much (ever?), so here goes. I think your shadow colors are very rich and subtle, in the tractor painting and in others you've posted here recently. Good shadows can often be more difficult to capture than bright highlights.

In your posts I appreciate your first-hand quotes from other painters. I find it very helpful to find out what others had to say about how they painted and why, so I'm constantly reading too (books and blogs). When I'm not out painting, that is...
:O)

Jack Riddle said...

Hi Dan--just checking in. Love the tractor painting. There is a lot of subtle humor in your work beyond your great eye and wonderful control of colors. Keep 'em coming!

Dan Corey said...

Hey Logan, thanks for saying hi, Hi.

Hi Ed, Thank you! Door County?? was I invited??? I wasn't invitd.. I wish.

Thanks Sarah Books, (or should I call you Ms Books??) I love the quotes also. They (to me) show us what went thru their minds and how poetic they really thought. (at least most of them)

Dan Corey said...

Thanks Jack! dont forget to get in touch for some painting.

Anonymous said...

Dan I love your new stuff....
Big fan :)
Raquele

Kyle Martin said...

Hello,
Good job with the tractor pull. You nailed that 50's ford, I'd recognize my favorite tractor anywhere!
You must have had the sash's out on this one! It looks awesome, great foreground. The only problem is that I can't see it in person!

Kyle

John D. Wooldridge said...

Hi Dan

Not a regular to your blog but have been here before and intend to frequent much more often. I love this piece. It's a bold placement and positioning of the tractors I think.

I like your advice to Mick on working from the focal point for setting your values. It's something I commonly fail to do and thus I find myself often backed into those corners, especially in plein air work.

Dan Corey said...

Hi Raquele, thank you for the kind words and stepping out of the shadows to say hi.

Thanks Kyle, Yeah its def a Ford... thats all i Know..

Thank you John, I'm glad you like the advice.

Lisa Walsh said...

Hi Dan! Ask for comments, and ye shall receive! I'm a regular follower, love your choice of colors and use of light. You are one of my inspirational painters.

Dan Corey said...

Thank you, absolutely flattered..