The Art of Daniel Ambrose

Hauntingly Beautiful Paintings

New Painting, Friends Show, Traveling With a Cat

by | Apr 21, 2018

Island Pearl, oil painting of island shore with egret, by Daniel Ambrose

Island Pearl, 30 x 40 in. Oil painting

Rain passed through here last Sunday. The balmy days that followed graced us with a boundless blue sky and welcome sunshine. Now the sky is gray again and the wind whistles and rattles my windows. It bends and lashes the trees as if spring is trying to whip back the return of summer.

Inside the studio, I’m brushing the final touches on this new oil painting. Island Pearl. My cat Puppy is curled up on the sofa beside me. Yesterday, he got a haircut and is recovering from a recent trip to North Carolina.

He’s a great traveling buddy during the long highway hours. Here’s a photo of him on the road, before his haircut.

We traveled to Charlotte to attend the opening of my friends show at Elder Gallery. For the past couple of years they’ve rented a villa in France and are exhibiting paintings inspired by their trip. Afterwards we all celebrated at a fun restaurant.

Everyone stayed at my friend Mary’s property, Highridge Gardens. She is creating a wonderful artist retreat and bird sanctuary as her legacy.  At night we gathered around the fireplace in the living room, or hung out on the back porch, laughing, swapping stories, making memories.

I was reluctant to leave, but with a delivery deadline pressing, needed to return home to my easel and finish this painting. It’s the last of my major oil paintings of the season for Hughes Gallery. All my other large oils sold out in a month, and this one didn’t make it in time for my solo show in January.

My friends show, Sojourn En Provence: A Painter’s View, will be on exhibit now until May 26, 2018. Several paintings have already sold. If you find yourself near Charlotte, treat yourself and visit Elder Gallery to see beautiful paintings of France.

To learn more about my painting, Island Pearl, please direct inquires to Barbara at Hughes Gallery.

Happy Spring to you.

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