Romancing the Sea – Solo Show Opening

Romancing the Sea – Solo Show Opening

The Art of Daniel Ambrose

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Summer Thunder oil painting of distant thunderstorm over Florida Gulf Coast

Summer Thunder by Daniel Ambrose

January 10th marks the opening of my annual solo show at Hughes Gallery in Boca Grande. Summer Thunder will be one of several major oil paintings included in this year’s collection titled Romancing the Sea. These large oil paintings range in size from 30 x 40 to 36 x 72 inches, and portray my lifelong obsession and passion for everything related to the coast.

We will also have an unveiling of a very special new egg tempera painting, Nine For a Kiss. It is based on a series inspired by an old English nursery rhyme. So far, I have completed Two for Joy, Three for Girl, Five for Silver and Seven for a Secret, which all reside in private collections.

Romancing the Sea

Details of the opening:

Opening Receptions, January 10th and January 11th. Wednesday and Thursday 6 – 8 p.m.
Wednesday 10am-5pm “Meet the Artist”

To see photos of available paintings and price inquiries, please call or email:

Hughes Gallery, Barbara Hughes, (941) 964-427

I hope to see you there.

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Crossnore Gallery: Stepping Stones Fundraiser

Crossnore Gallery: Stepping Stones Fundraiser

Oil study of horse by water for Crossnore Gallery. Painting by Daniel Ambrose

First study for Evening Paint. Oil, 8 x 6 in.

I have a fond memory of walking through the doors of Crossnore Gallery that afternoon, when it was beside the River Dog Cafe just outside Linville, North Carolina. A nice lunch, a new hat, conversations, sunlight glinting off the cars in the parking lot. Possibilities and new opportunities.

Little did I know then, opening that door would lead to a new friendship, and wonderful association with a gallery on an island off the coast of Florida. Little did I know a lot of things would happen back then.

But that’s another story.

Over time, that initial encounter has evolved into a beautiful relationship. And I have met so many fine people at Crossnore dedicated to creating an amazing, nurturing environment to help children.

I’m donating this painting, First Study for Evening Paint, to Crossnore Gallery for an October fundraising event. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will go towards the Crossnore School Stepping Stones Program.

“The Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery supports The Crossnore School’s Stepping Stones Program which transitions students from foster care to successful independent living.”

The small oil painting is an early study for an egg tempera painting, Evening Paint. You can see between the two, how much an idea evolves. A single idea can generate several paintings. The idea or concept is always the vital thing in art.

egg tempera painting of horse by Daniel Ambrose

Evening Paint, egg tempera painting by Daniel Ambrose. Private collection.

The painting was inspired by a bucolic scene late one afternoon on the drive back from Crossnore Gallery to Spruce Pine. I saw a road with a creek and turned down it to explore. Some of my happiest memories are of idly rambling around Appalachian back roads that summer in my big blue Chevy truck. You just never know what gem you will discover around the next curve.

It was late afternoon on that day. Rounding a bend, a small pasture with two horses grazing came into view. A fenced lane ran perpendicular, ending at a white church. A large apple tree anchored the intersection at the corner of the pasture. Mountains rose in the distance.

Further along, the road dead-ended at a cabin nestled under trees beside the creek. A small bridge crossed over to a trail leading up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I did not know this at the time, but found it later as I went back often to paint.

Eventually, I learned that the pasture and horses belonged to dear friends of Crossnore Gallery. I was invited over for dinner a couple of times and Joe, the husband, made buttermilk fried chicken from his mothers family recipe. I spent peaceful times on their porch, overlooking the creek at sunset, watching horses graze in the pasture along the river, thinking how pleasant a place to have a home.

For more information on how you can acquire this painting, contact Heidi Fisher at Crossnore Gallery, 828.733.3144 or

As a bonus, your purchase is tax deductible. You can learn more about Crossnore School and the Stepping Stones Program here.

By purchasing this painting, I hope you enjoy knowing how much you have helped enrich the lives of children at Crossnore.

Feel free to share this with your friends. 🙂

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Seven For a Secret: Egg Tempera Painting Show

Seven For a Secret: Egg Tempera Painting Show

Seven for a Secret, egg tempera painting of birds in water by Daniel Ambrose

Seven for a Secret, egg tempera painting by Daniel Ambrose

Seven For a Secret is one of fifteen new egg tempera paintings that I delivered to Cheryl Newby Gallery this week for my show opening June 4th, 2016.

I spent an afternoon at the gallery, inspecting each painting. Polishing them with loving attention to a nice, satin sheen, enhancing areas with accents of paint.

While studying them, I’m often delighted to discover amazing new color interactions as the light fluctuates over the surface. Floating, luminous colors that appear to dance then mingle into one mesmerizing hue after another—jewel-like. The effect can be likened to the way light emanates from an abalone shell or diamond—an organic, ever-changing numinous being. My pigments do come from the earth like these two gems.

It seems funny to write this, but I really don’t see all these sublime color effects while I am painting. I swear, sometimes I think my paintings are working while I sleep.

Perhaps, the tiny particles of pigments are settling in with each other as they dry. Getting cozy with each other, marrying into harmonious relationships that reveal their radiant beauty.

Let’s mess with Daniel’s head. I imagine them saying to each other. You go check out that french ocher, while I go mix with that cute little cobalt violet beauty over there.

Later, after the painting has left my studio, and upon seeing the painting displayed in a gallery or collectors home, do I see it with fresh eyes.

As in our hectic lives, sometimes we are blind to the things or people closest to our hearts. We under appreciate their particular qualities of inner beauty or acts of kindness towards us. The small, daily moments that I wrote about in my popular post The Gift of Universal Beauty.

Seven For a Secret will be available along with fourteen other exquisite egg tempera paintings during my exhibition at Cheryl Newby Gallery June 4 to July 2, 2016.

Hope to see you opening night. For more information, or learn about a special preview before the show, please contact the gallery.

Inspired by Nature
Cheryl Newby Gallery
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
Opening reception June 4th, 2016.
Call Kaitee at 843- 979-0149, for more details.

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Gallery Updates and Newsletter Options

Gallery Updates and Newsletter Options


It’s shaking out to be a busy year. I’ve been remiss in updating my event page and wanted to share a few items with you. And also, clarify my subscription feeds.

Gallery Updates

A prestigious art gallery will be representing my egg tempera Florida landscapes. The gallery director has a reputable standing in the art world and represents many of the finest painters in the country. More news in future posts.

Hughes Gallery recently secured a large commission of a fly-fishing scene for a collector in Chicago.

Crossnore Gallery solo show, titled North of the 35th Parallel opens July 17th. What I love about this gallery is that proceeds from the art sales directly fund the children of Crossnore School through the Stepping Stones program. The gallery’s Facebook page.


Email subscribers to Ambrose Art Journal Newsletter received the latest issue last week. You can view a copy of it archived here.

For those of you would like to keep current on my work and whereabouts,  I have 2 subscription options on my blog.

1. Ambrose Art Journal is a newsletter that I email about once a month. Subscribers get a summary of shows, sales and recent paintings. In addition, I will occasionally clean my studio and offer studies and small paintings for sale. Link to Ambrose Art Journal Newsletter.

2. The Art of Daniel Ambrose is my blog news feed. Subscribers receive each blog post (such as this one) each time I publish.  To join, enter your email address in the shaded box at the top right of this page. It’s a two-step process. You will receive an email verification and need to click on the link to verify. If you don’t get an email within a few minutes of signing up, check your spam folder.

You can also, Like my Facebook page Daniel Ambrose Studio. I’ll be posting some fun stuff on this page that you won’t get anywhere else. Of course you have to Like the page in order to see it.

If you already subscribe via one of these methods… Thank you.

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The Met Makes 400,000 Hi-Res Images Free to Download

The Met Makes 400,000 Hi-Res Images Free to Download

Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)

Self-Portrait. Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently made available 400,000 high-resolution digital images of  art in the Museum’s world-renowned collection free to download. They may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website. Find your favorite artwork and use it as a screensaver on your desktop.

Young Woman with a Water Pitcher Johannes Vermeer

Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, Johannes Vermeer

Meanwhile, Google has continued to add more cultural institutions to their Art Project. I was pleased to discover that our own local museum, The Museum of Arts and Sciences is now included in the collection.

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Cheryl Newby Gallery Invitational Exhibit

Cheryl Newby Gallery Invitational Exhibit

Daydreams, drybrush painting by Daniel Ambrose. At Cheryl Newby gallery

Daydreams, drybrush painting

My exhibit at Hughes Gallery is winding down, closing the end of May. In between long walks on the beach and humoring the cat, I’m painting for new shows coming up in the next couple of months.

Daydreams, a drybrush watercolor painting has been selected to feature on the postcard invitations Cheryl Newby Gallery mailed out to collectors this week. This year marks the 3oth anniversary of the gallery opening on Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and to my great pleasure I was invited to  participate in the celebration. I will be exhibiting several new egg tempera paintings.  The reception is June 8, 2013.  If you would like a postcard mailed to you, please contact Beth at Cheryl Newby Gallery. More details on my events page.

July 2nd, 2013 is the date of my 4th annual solo show at Crossnore Gallery in North Carolina. I have a new tempera I’ve been working on for a while  that is a departure for me and I can’t wait to show it. Heidi is doing a marvelous job managing the gallery and will have a fresh new look this year. I’m looking forward to seeing all my friends again in the mountains. My mouth is already watering thinking about the homemade fried chicken and buttermilk biscuit dinner at the horse farm on Linville river — mmmmh!

I hope to see you around this summer.

About the painting featured at Cheryl Newby Gallery

Drybrush on Twinrocker handmade paper
10 x 14 inches

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