Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Bristol Bridge 16x20"

  Happy Holidays! I have a few big things planned for next year and I can't wait to attempt them and share them... stay tuned...

Quote: "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!" author unknown

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Russian Influence

 This piece "Russian Influence" 8x10" is from my recent trip to P Town, Cape Cod as part of the Creative Convergence yearly gathering of the brushes.. This scene was one that struck me one morning while the group was figuring out where to go paint for the day. The book on the table is "Russian Impressionists" brought on the trip by Artist Rick Casali for us all to drool over. Check out his great work by clicking on his name.

Another member of the group and one of my favorite painters Logan Hagege is having a holiday sale on some great small works. I can tell you from having some of his work in my house there is something else in it... i think the word is soul. again, click his name to see more.

Quote: "Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist." Edward Hopper

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mini Series #8, #9 and #10 the Grand Season Finale..


  Here are the final three pieces in the Mini Series, #8 A study from "The Daughters" #9 "Nude Egyptian Girl" and the grande finale #10 "Spanish Dancer"  All of this series starts ending tomorrow on ebay so I thought I would put them all out so if you were trying to decide which one, they would all be available to view. Thanks for stopping by, Dan

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mini Series #7, Study of a Study...

 Here is a 5"x5" study of a study.. John Singer Sargent's "Study for "The Prophets" a mural in the Boston area.  As I search scour thru all the images I can find of JSS's work for this self imposed project, I am deepening my appreciation. Let me ramble for sec.  Most are in awe of just his ability to trick the eye into a reality like viewing experience. I say that is only a truley great accomplishment because of the poetry of his lively brushwork. Proof that reality is not the end all be all, in fact it is absolutely nothing without the poetry. Let me know what you think?
  Usually when I ask for opinions I get zero comments.. Lets make a New Years resolution together??  I ask for your opinion and you give it... OK?  Now go check out the auction, these look way better in person. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Mini Series #6, Madame X

     Madame X, no relation to Malcolm. :)-)   was the painting that was not commissioned to Sargent but was his choice. This piece supposedly sealed the doom of his future as a portrait painter, well in France at least. Bad choice? I don't think so. In my opinion these choices and the stories like it, create an artist's legend.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mini Series #5, The Master's Master

    Here is a 5"x7" study of the portrait John Singer Sargent painted of his teacher, Carolus Duran. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say he was probably a pretty good teacher..... 

Quote: "Color is an inborn gift, but appreciation of value is merely training of the eye, which everyone ought to be able to acquire" J.S. Sargent

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Mini Series, Vernon Lee....

 Here is number four in the "mini series" after Sargents  "Vernon Lee" now am I alone in thinking this was a lady til the name was read??? either way one of my personal favs.

"Vernon Lee" 5"x5" on Gessobord
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Friday, December 3, 2010

Mini Series, Lord Ribblesdale.... a Peacocking Playa..

  I have always thought this guy was the epitome of Sargent.... Straight swagger... there was so much in his brush he liberally applied it to the stance and overall look of his sitters. I wish he were able to paint my portrait,  especially after the holidays...

Some of the questions i have received about this series have focused on when they would ship... They will all be shipped in time for Christmas. The first one is a ten day auction and they will get progressively shorter towards the end of the series. Also they are all oil on Gessobords by Ampersand. Thank you to all who are watching and interested.

Quote: "I do not judge, I only chronicle" JS Sargent

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Lady.....

  Here is number two in the "Mini Series" Thee Lady Agnew. I know I'm not alone when I say the original piece is probably one of the hottest portraits ever painted.
  I hope I did some justice to the stunning beauty that Sargent painted, even just 1%.

Quote: "Mine is the horny hand of toil" JS Sargent

Hey I didn't say it...

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Made for TV Mini Series, Studies of Sargent

 OK, I have been waiting for quite a while to have the time to be able to do this...
Over the next week or so I will be doing approximately ten  5x7" or 5x5" studies of some of my favorite John Singer Sargent pieces. If you are a regular reader of this blog you know I have talked about JSSs' influence and pure image making genius more then once. So attempting this should be a chance for me to learn from one of the only painters in my humble opinion to deserve the moniker "Master".  

These minis will be for sale on Ebay starting very low with an optional low buy it now price. I don't plan on regularly selling directly but these "mini series" could be fun and not everyone is looking for large pieces. thanks for stopping by. 

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Quote: "I don't dig beneath the surface for things that don't appear before my own eyes"  J.S. Sargent