Award-winning North Carolina artist Arlene Daniel uses both oils and pastels to paint plein air, in studio and figurative paintings.
“I love painting in plein air. Being on location with the sites, smells and sounds of nature is wonderful. Nature is the best teacher; no camera can capture all the subtle colors and color harmonies that our eyes can see. After painting in plein air you can bring that color sense into your studio work.”
The images shown here are plein air oils, from 6″x6″ (Day at the Horse Barn, above) to 10″x8″ (Waterfall at Hanging Rock State Park (right). Also shown is Banner Elk, NC (below, 8″x6″)
She is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, Women Painters of the Southeast, and many other art organizations.
“I am always trying to challenge myself and work diligently in order to become a more masterful painter. As our skills grow, our standards of excellence grow with them, so our lifetime quest for excellence continues.”
What fun, when we opened the October issue of AARP Bulletin, to see the photo of Linda Rosso using one of our boxes outdoors in her beautiful Marin County. It’s an article about “encore careers,” and it describes how Linda combines her artistic endeavors with marketing skills to help artists promote their work.
“I’ve always found inspiration in art, and our home is filled with paintings collected over years of birthdays and anniversaries. I wanted to learn how to make those marks and find those colors. One day, I bought oil paints, brushes, canvasses and a book. But I was so tightly wound by a need to do art ‘right,’ I was afraid to open a tube of paint! Hundreds of dollars of supplies sat unopened for a year. Fortunately, through a gallery visit, I was introduced to teachers who challenged my beliefs and taught me to understand the difference between what I know and what I see.
For the past six years, I have been looking through my eyelashes and out of the corners of my eyes. Some days, my hands don’t know where to begin. Other days, they hold a brush that seems to dance effortlessly across the canvas. Every day is a good day, because I am creating.”
There’s an interesting story in a recent blog entry about her practice of giving away a painting on a regular basis.
One of our recent award winners, Coni Grant, has been an artist and teacher for twenty-five years. She currently runs her own gallery in Alamosa, Colorado, and belongs to Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico the international group High Desert Painters. She is known as a colorist, working primarily en plein air but also creating studio work ranging from very large (4′x3′) to quite small (6″x4″ and even smaller).
Shown above is a 12″x16″ plein air painting, Beaver Pond on LaVeta. At left is a 9″x12″ painting entitled Chamisa Trail.
In addition to landscapes, she also paints urban scenes, such as the 9″x12″ painting below, Autumn Hour.
She offers classes and workshops, and her blog is also very informative, including about fifty “class notes” with subjects such as Abstract, Drawing, Notan, Square Format, Art of the Trade…
Contemporary Impressionist Robin Cheers knows that “everyday” doesn’t have to mean boring.
“One of the things that art does at its best is to let us see the familiar as new and the ordinary as extraordinary. This is why I like simple scenes painted well enough to awaken people to the beauty and wonder of our contemporary world.”
The Texas-based painter spent many years doing plein air landscape painting, but when her daughter was born she turned her focus toward people.
Over the years, she has studied with Elizabeth Locke, Kim English, Peggi Kroll Roberts and Ken Auster, as well as the Impressionist masters.
The paintings shown here are from the Tidewater Gallery in Swansboro, North Carolina.
Congratulations to Texas artist Jimmy Longacre for winning the Judsons award last month at the Kerrville Outdoor Painters’ Event which takes place along the Guadalupe River in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
His blog contains many thoughts about the process of painting, especially outdoors. One post explores his opinion about the Kerrville event and others like it:
“Winning, or placing in the competition is nice and gratifying, of course, but I don’t think it’s the primary objective, or benefit. There is so much to gain from accepting the challenge to do your best in the company of other painters of varying skill levels, and under whatever conditions happen to prevail during the event. Why? Because, it can’t help but test your skills, raise your confidence level as a painter, and move you more quickly toward your next plateau. By the way, that’s what painting is about, and it never changes.
I hope you get to win an award now and then, but don’t get fooled into focusing on that. GO FOR IT!”