My Other Passion

dannyboy602

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I've been watching a lot of paintings with oils on Youtube. Your work is great with watercolors. When I was in highschool, my art teacher told me something I'm sure I'll never forget when it comes to art.. "you like the control of the pen" (after viewing my sketchbook primarily in pen). Watercolor always, as a kid, used to intimidate me because I wasn't used to the loose, free look it provides by nature of the paper you're using. I like my lines to go exactly where I want them to go. So I was just curious about your own thought process on this. I know you're very skilled in watercolor, particularly on lighting, and also very skilled when it comes to perspective. What makes you want to get into oils?

Keep up the good work, Dan. I'm happy a lot of other people enjoy watching you progress
Sorry for the delay Padda...to answer your question I like that in oils you can linger over a painting. You can make mistakes and scrape it off, paint over a portion or gesso over it all and start again. Watercolor isn't like that and were it not for the fact that I started painting in watercolor at thirteen I would've never picked it up. But there are some incredible painters that I admire who paint really tight. Mary Whyte is one. She's one of the finest portrait artists in the business. Andy Wyeth is another. So don't not try the medium because you think you'd have to paint loose.
I recently saw a work in ball point pen and I really loved it. If I find the work again I'll post it. I was a bit of an art snob even up to a few years ago. Not anymore. I appreciate anything that's beautifully done. If I can't it has more to do with my lack of understanding than anything else. Although I hate Mark Rothko's work. It's just crap and it makes me mad that people will pay 50 million for shit like that.

I see your love of the desert in your art also. I’m a desert rat myself.
The sonoran desert is pretty awesome and there's nothing like the smell of creosote bushes after it rains. Artists for years have come here for the light and I can see why. I wish the people here in Tucson were a little less hostile however.
 

dannyboy602

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Love your work bro. I gave up my art and lost interest in it almost 20-years ago. This was the last piece I ever drew, 2001.

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Incidentally this work is outstanding, though I'm a little pissed that you quit. You're depriving everyone of an obvious talent. To think of all the works that could've been and that would have inspired so many kids to take up drawing. Its not cool but I don't judge (much) just remember its something like riding a bike...those connections you made in your brain when you did draw are still there, like learning a language, and you just need to pick it up again. It is a gift. Not just anyone can do it. Think about it.
 

Obepawn

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Incidentally this work is outstanding, though I'm a little pissed that you quit. You're depriving everyone of an obvious talent. To think of all the works that could've been and that would have inspired so many kids to take up drawing. Its not cool but I don't judge (much) just remember its something like riding a bike...those connections you made in your brain when you did draw are still there, like learning a language, and you just need to pick it up again. It is a gift. Not just anyone can do it. Think about it.
This is an unfinished work from 1989 when I was stationed in Germany, an experiment with color pencil on canvas. A portrait of Rembrandt’s mother. I’m almost exclusively a portrait artist and have always liked drawing the elderly due to degree of difficulty.56D599EB-1961-4E72-9C1D-804DA0EEDEAC.jpeg

And this was another on canvas, capturing a sad moment from a funeral.

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Obepawn

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The black and white one is dirty and worn from being put away in a storage closet for years. So please excuse the look of it.
 

Obepawn

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Sorry for the delay Padda...to answer your question I like that in oils you can linger over a painting. You can make mistakes and scrape it off, paint over a portion or gesso over it all and start again. Watercolor isn't like that and were it not for the fact that I started painting in watercolor at thirteen I would've never picked it up. But there are some incredible painters that I admire who paint really tight. Mary Whyte is one. She's one of the finest portrait artists in the business. Andy Wyeth is another. So don't not try the medium because you think you'd have to paint loose.
I recently saw a work in ball point pen and I really loved it. If I find the work again I'll post it. I was a bit of an art snob even up to a few years ago. Not anymore. I appreciate anything that's beautifully done. If I can't it has more to do with my lack of understanding than anything else. Although I hate Mark Rothko's work. It's just crap and it makes me mad that people will pay 50 million for shit like that.

The sonoran desert is pretty awesome and there's nothing like the smell of creosote bushes after it rains. Artists for years have come here for the light and I can see why. I wish the people here in Tucson were a little less hostile however.
Here in the Coachella Valley, it’s a very laidback culture, 128-129 golf courses, great dining, shopping and a very pro-marijuana culture here.
 

curious2garden

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This is an unfinished work from 1989 when I was stationed in Germany, an experiment with color pencil on canvas. A portrait of Rembrandt’s mother. I’m almost exclusively a portrait artist and have always liked drawing the elderly due to degree of difficulty.View attachment 4401019

And this was another on canvas, capturing a sad moment from a funeral.

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Wow, you are amazingly talented, beautiful work. Listen to Danny and get back into it.
 

raggyb

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Been a while I know. After I lost my shitty job in April I fell into a deep depression where I didn't get out of bed for four months.
Didn't paint either but I bounced back. I usually do. Thanks Lexipro, lol. Also I was awarded the Bill and Janet Tifft grant for arts and sciences in June and the Ellen Fountain Studio award for transparent watercolor in May (I think). Any recognition for an artist with a fragile ego such as myself is a good thing. Plus it helps with the bills.
Here's a few I don't know if I posted these but here ya go.
Beautiful works man. Hope you continue to feel better.
 

dannyboy602

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So I found this botanical illustration channel on Youtube. Maria Raczynska. She's fricken phenominal. So I just followed along as if it was Bob Ross telling me how friendly the rose was. This is the result.20200501_130936.jpg
 
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