Ambrose Art Journal: March 2013, Gallery Show

Ambrose Art Journal: March 2013, Gallery Show

The Ambrose art journal newsletter just went out and many emails did not go through. Here is a repost:
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Newsletter

I hope this finds you well and the first quarter of this year has been kind to you.

Summer of last year, I spent July and August painting in the North Carolina mountains and along the coast of Maine. I look forward to visiting again this year in the continual search for new subjects. Winter saw me settling in the new studio, and finishing paintings for my show at Hughes Gallery in Boca Grande, which opened Monday, March 25, 2013.

I’m currently making an appearance, March 25-26, 2013. Please feel free to contact me, or the gallery for more information:

Hughes Gallery
Barbara Hughes
941-697-8010
hughesgallery@earthlink

Following is a selection of new paintings from the show. (more…)

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My Whereabouts

My Whereabouts

Sunrise, plein air painting

Sunrise, plein air oil painting

So much for keeping to a regular posting schedule.

I’m lashed to the easel painting for another show at Hughes Gallery next month. They asked me not to post the paintings here on my site until then.  So instead, here is a sweet little plein air painting from the beach a few years back.

Currently, I’m torturing myself with egg tempera. My process  seems to be, invest 2-3 weeks painting and then spend 20 minutes scraping most of it off. You’d think after twenty-five years that I would have it down. But that’s what I love about painting — everyday is a new day — discoveries await. Especially with egg tempera. Eggs are different, the pigments never behave the same, cat hair flying around . . .

One of the beautiful, albeit frustrating qualities of tempera, is its inherent translucent properties. The pristine white gesso ground shines through in the first layering of pigments and subsequent searching layers of color can destroy or enhance its luminous nature. I’m always after the beyond; taking it beyond mere representation, that elusive state when a painting becomes magic. Not that hoodoo kind, but the spellbinding effect some paintings mysteriously possess.

I have to psyche myself up to get into the tempera’s and its hard to turn it off once I get started. Everything else goes,  coffee with friends, shaggy cat’s haircut, groceries.

Instead of taking you with me  on the roller-coaster ride of emotions, every time I sat down to write, you may have noticed, I ended up tweaking my website instead. Its like a painting in process, keep moving things around, subtracting and simplifying. I did manage to update my events page.

I’m thinking I will start featuring artists that I admire; historical and contemporary, and talk a little about their work. At least give you something interesting to read when I am mired in my own work. There are fascinating stories behind many paintings.

Ok, where is the rope, back to the easel.

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New Egg Tempera Painting: Morning Shadows

New Egg Tempera Painting: Morning Shadows

Daniel Ambrose, Morning Shadows, egg tempera painting

Morning Shadows, egg tempera painting

A new egg tempera painting , Morning Shadows, is just off the easel and available exclusively at Hughes Gallery, Boca Grande, Florida. For more information, call Barbara Hughes at 941-964-4273 or email her at hughesgallery@earthlink.net. She will be happy to provide you with more details.

Inspired by a plein air painting I made on a painting trip with artist friend Mary Erickson on the gulf coast near Venice, Florida.

About Morning Shadows painting:

Egg tempera on panel
16 x 20 inches
Available

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New Painting: The Other Dove

New Painting: The Other Dove

The Other Dove, egg tempera on panel. Daniel Ambrose

The Other Dove, egg tempera on panel. Daniel Ambrose

The Other Dove

Egg tempera on panel, 12 x 12 inches.

One of the paintings for my show at Hughes Gallery, Boca Grande. I’ll be at the gallery January 23-25 from 12-5 pm. Details on the events page.

This is not the dove I intended to paint. The idea for that one isn’t fully resolved, so I painted the other one.

Idea, selection and composing are essential keys to successful paintings. Beginning artists often try to say it all, get everything into a painting. Ask the question, what is this painting about? Knowing what you want to paint and why you want to paint it are useful guides to follow before plunging into paint. Purge all unnecessary elements to get to the heart of the matter. I call it reductive painting.

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Ambrose Art Journal: March 2012

Ambrose Art Journal: March 2012

The following post will be sent to subscribers of my monthly email list Ambrose Art Journal, Tuesday, March 26. If you are not already subscribed, and would like to join, go here.

New Work

Here is a selection of new paintings I’ve been working on for my upcoming solo show at Hughes Gallery in Boca Grande next weekend.

Daniel Ambrose, Drybrush Watercolor, Samana Girl

Daydreams
Drybrush watercolor
10 x 14 in.

Starfish
Egg tempera on panel
14 x 11 in.

Summer Horses
Egg tempera on panel
16 x 20 in.

Sassy
Egg tempera on panel
14 x 11 in.

Gallery News

Solo show, Hughes Gallery. Reception March 30th, 2012.

Hughes Gallery
Boca Grande, FL. 33921
941-964-4273
hughesgallery@earthlink.net

Online Store

Don’t forget to check out my online store for studio specials.

Being an Artist

Every Monday on my blog I post my reflections about being an artist. The Beauty of Silence  is a recent one.

The articles are free, and full of insights on being an artist. To get them, simply go to my website and subscribe. You can enter your email address in the box in the upper left, or use the RSS feed in the navigation bar. If you need help, just email me. I hope you try it out, you can unsubscribe at anytime.

Note: The blog posts are a separate list from this Art Journal Newsletter.

Thanks for reading, hope to see you around.

As always,
Daniel

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