Description 'Else Where-0807' was composed and executed on Yupo, a plastic substrate for watercolor.Yupo takes some getting used to. Since it is a sheet of plastic water tends to bead and in fact the entire painting can be washed away in a sink if the artist doesn't like the way the painting turned out.However, because Yupo is plastic you can also achieve many interesting affects and blendings that you can not with other substrates. You will also have the brightest colors you have ever seen as all of the pigment sits on the surface.But enough of that. 'Else Where -0807' was created to see if a sense of depth could be achieved on Yupo. I first worked the brown background with different shades of brown adding a suggested grid in very thin VanDyke brown. This was to create some source of visual reference for my foreground.To create the foreground I simply wet the areas where I wanted the foreground element and removed the paint. Subsequently I painted in the veins and webbing using various lifting techniques to create transparency and curvature.Since a blow dryer can be used with Yupo relatively safely the painting (original size 4'x6') was completed rather quickly, roughly 90 minutes. Yupo is pretty much the fastest substrate I have found with which to use water based mediums and is extremely suitable for abstract works.
Daniel comes from a line of craftsman artists and as a child he was exposed to a different kind of life. He lived in a rural area in upstate New York. With his father being a well known, and sought after, gunsmith specific to the making of muzzle loading barrels they attended a lot of rendezvous. As such, Daniel was exposed to and participated in blacksmithing, knife throwing, target shooting, the art of scrimshaw, and more.
While in college majoring in geological engineering, Daniel began sketching and drawing, building on the scrimshaw work he had done as a child. He also began to make copper jewelry for the local renaissance recreation group using some of his understanding of metal work from his blacksmithing. These would prove useful in his post-college years when he would later transition into lapidary. Eventually Dan found he still had an interest to paint, the experience being quite cathartic and enjoyable, and picked up water colors as a re-starting point.
All the many disparate skills Dan acquired over the years found their way into his paintings. Never willing to settle, Daniel pushed the limits of his technique using different paints, inks, stains, papers, and a variety of painting styles. One of the things he is known for is the nearly three dimensional quality of some of his paintings.
Today, Daniel teaches watercolor painting. In addition, his watercolor prints are available in both physical and virtual galleries.