The Wall - 06/05 has an interesting tale behind its creation. This painting is a small work measuring roughly 10 x 13 between paper edges. The painting was worked exclusively with traditional watercolors on 300# Cranson 100 watercolor paper rough side up. I never intended to paint this picture the way you now see it. I had thought to paint a grove of leafless trees in silhouette with a lake in the mid ground. Thanks to a fortunate slip of the brush the idea of a lake was sunk and I had to come up with a way to make the painting work or toss it.
Fortunately this was one of those paintings that took on a life of its own and painted itself requiring little more than 3-4 hours to complete. A very fast painting for me.
The moon was masked out. This allowed me to apply two washes wet in wet of paynes' gray and indigo without having to worry about the moon getting in the way. While damp I dropped in dilute wet white to create the misty clouds. I dont know of another painting where I have done better clouds nor this easily.
The rest of the painting was done in traditional western form top to bottom and back to front. The wall itself I laid out as a band of muted colors and later brushed in the mortar and lines of the wall.
In completion of the painting session I dropped in shadows and lifted pigment where some brighter areas should be. The painting was allowed to dry overnight.
The next day I removed the masking fluid from the moon and very carefully painted with water to draw some of the color from the sky and clouds to bring a cloud across the face of the moon. Some dilute white and the painting was allowed to dry for a second time ready for signing and sealing with UV resistant spray coat.
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.