Description A Trio of Cacti-0309 has a bit of a story with it.During the spring and fall I teach the Introduction to Watercolor class through the local Xtra Education program.One of the projects this last year was to paint a cactus from a very rough value sketch. Though it was rather rough like the sketch I very much liked the look of the painting. I only spent about an hour, maybe ninety minutes on the in class exercise.For the 'nice' version I decided to use 3 different overlapped specimens of cacti. Once sketched all of the cactus areas were covered with masking fluid in order to create the background. The background was created using a pure water in damp paint technique. This requires some timing on the artists part, but with practice some amazing results can be achieved. A friend of mine at http://MoonStarrCreations.imagekind.com/ uses this technique to great advantage.Cactus values were added using Chinese ink then painted with watercolors. Spines were built up with a thin white gouache tinted with ochre.The entire painting represents approximately 8 hours of work, not counting drying time.
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.