I have many plein air paintings and studies that I’ve painted over the years.
Though I enjoy having them around, they contribute nothing to the lifestyle I’d like to become accustomed too.
So, I’ve decided to catalog and make them available through my website store Daniel Ambrose Gallery.
They are forerunners of my current work, links in a long chain of my continuing studies in art. Astute collectors include artists studies in their collections as they reveal clues and offer fascinating insights into the process of a painters development.
A painter gets better by painting. Every stroke in each painting represents a minute fraction of the thousands of hours I have invested in the study of art. Each painting is an exploration of thought. Some expired early on the vine, while thoughts of others culminated in egg tempera paintings like Love and Beauty. Primary themes I continue to explore in my work.
For now, I’ll include them in Friday’s Featured Art post, and once a month in my email newsletter.
Here is the first painting with a bit of background information.
As alway’s, I appreciate your comments, suggestions, and astute prowess as an art collector.
Every Friday we feature an artwork from the store.
This weeks featured art is Moon Dreams.
An original egg tempera painting of a moonrise over a southern river. Visit store to see the painting and read a bit about it.
Please email me if you have any comments or suggestions about the store.
I like to do a painting on the first and last day of each year to mark it in my mind, take note of the transition from one year to another. This year I am involved in finishing a commission for Florida Hospital. It’s a large oil painting 6 x 18 feet, and large or small my technique is the same. Layers and layers of paint. It’s taking all I’ve got and I couldn’t tear myself away to get out and paint this year. Not even for a few hours.
In a way I’m beginning to regret that.
Twilight, the painting above, an early moonrise, is one I did several years ago on December 31st. It is a small oil painting 6 x 8 inches. I painted it plein air standing under the Tomoka River bridge as a freight train rumbled over head. I planned on working up a larger version in egg tempera and put it in a frame to study it. A few days later a visitor came in to the studio and immediately fell in love with it so I let it go. I almost forgot to sign it.
I’ll soon be finishing the big painting and heading outside to paint some of this beautiful Florida winter light, and I can’t wait to begin working on some ideas I accumulated while working in the studio. It’s a good mix, in or out, large or small, it’s all painting.
It’s all good.
To study the colors of light, I often paint the same subject at the same time of day.
I painted the the following plein air paintings several years ago from behind my studio on the Tomoka River. And as much as I’ve enjoyed having them around, I think they have finally served their purpose and it’s time to let them go.
I’ll probably miss them.
Tomoka Morning No 1, Oil, 6 x 8 inches.
Tomoka Morning No 2, Oil, 6 x 8 inches.
Tomoka Morning No 3, Oil, 6 x 8 inches.
Tomoka Morning No 4, Oil, 6 x 8 inches.
My favorite one is the first one. . . or maybe the fourth one.
They are all $500 each framed or $450 unframed. Drop me an email if you are interested in holding one for you ( I take layaway). Or email me anyway even if you are not interested, but just want to say hi, and find out where my new studio is. Sometimes I let people visit, if they bring me a Starbucks.