Saturday, December 13, 2014

Abstract 001a 7x5 oil on linen panel - The Daily Painter

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Bottle and Apple 001
©2014 Dave Casey
7x5" - Oil on linen panel

Tonight was another one of those nights where no matter what I put down on the canvas, it just didn't work. The first painting I did tonight is probably going to be nothing but a scraper. I just never could get happy about it.

So, I got out another canvas and started a new painting and this one came out much better. I tried to be a little abstract with it, but that is something I am going to need to work on.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Avian Series - Chickadee 002a 8x8 oil on linen panel - The Daily Painter

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  Avian Series - Chickadee 002
©2014 Dave Casey
8x8" - Oil on linen panel

Here is another of my Avian series paintings and wouldn't you know it, it's another chickadee. This little guy is eying the last of the fall treats before berries become a little more scarce. Hope his eyes aren't bigger than his tummy.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Kitchen Painting - Pear 002a 6x6 oil on gessobord - The Daily Painter

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Pear 002
©2014 Dave Casey
6x6" - Oil on gesso panel

So, this evening I was trying to come up with a subject. It wasn't easy. Chuck Close has said something to the effect that 90% of the artists out there wait for inspiration to strike before they pick up a brush, the rest just get into the studio and get to work. That's what tonight was like. I saw a pear sitting there and I put it on a wooden box and picked up the brushes. I got to work. And after a few minutes it started to come together. And I like this result. 

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Cherries and Mug 001a 5x5 oil on wood panel - The Daily Painter

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  Cherries and Mug 001
©2014 Dave Casey
5x5" - Oil on gesso panel

It sometimes amazes me how long a painting can take to get it just right. This is just a small 5x5" painting that took hours to get it to the point I was satisfied with it. Maybe that's the secret for me. Instead of trying to get a painting knocked out as fast as I can so I can say I did a painting today, I need to slow down and just enjoy the process.

Of course, I haven't shown the abstract that I'm working on. I have over 17 hours invested in that one and I'm still not anywhere close to satisfied with that one. I may end up painting over it and starting over. Again. That's the beauty of acrylics. I can paint over a failed attempt and try again. That abstract has five or six layers of failed attempts under the current layer.

Ahhh, the life of an artist. A new challenge each and every day. 


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Sunday, November 30, 2014

141130 - Chickadee 001a 8x10 oil on wood panel - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

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  Chickadee 001
©2014 Dave Casey
8x10" - Oil on gesso panel

I'm getting ready for the new year to come and one of the things I'm looking to do is paint a little bigger. I'm so used to the 6x6" or 5x7" panels and feel the need to step it up a notch. That doesn't mean I'll abandon the 6x6" panels because those are my chosen size for the Kitchen Paintings series. I'll still do smaller paintings just because of the fun that they are.

One of my other hobbies that I've mentioned here before is that I am a birder. I love to spend an early morning walking around the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve or an afternoon up in the Desert Wildlife Refuge with camera strapped around my neck and trying to be as quiet as possible, hunting for those elusive targets we call birds. This is one such feathered friend, the chickadee. Who couldn't love a fun little bird like this with a name like "chickadee?"

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

141123 - Garden Peppers 001a 5x7 oil on linen panel - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

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Garden Peppers 001
©2014 Dave Casey
5x7" - Oil on linen panel

Here is another sampling of the bounty from our backyard garden. These are a bit too hot for my tastes, but Honey Bunny loves 'em.

Friday, November 14, 2014

141114 - Kitchen Painting - Lemon 007a 6x6 oil on gessobord - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

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Lemon 007
©2014 Dave Casey
6x6" - Oil on gesso panel

Our Meyer Lemon tree gave up another perfect model for a still life. We had to do some heavy pruning today, because the amount of fruit on the tree was pulling some of the branches down. Once all the lemons are harvested we will be cutting the tree back severely to promote some sturdier branches to handle the load next year.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

141113 - Kitchen Painting - Lemon 006a 6x6 oil on gessobord - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

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Lemons 006
©2014 Dave Casey
6x6" - Oil on gesso panel

Our Meyer lemon tree is ready to start giving up her fruits and I am ready to paint some of them. I am also ready to sacrifice a few of those lemons to the Lemonade gods. Mmmmmm ... fresh, squeezed lemonade. What could be better? 

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141107 - Italian Alley 01a 10x8 oil on gesso wood panel Dave Casey The Daily Painter

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Italian Street 001
©2014 Dave Casey
10x8" - Oil on linen panel

This was the final painting done in the Dream(a) workshop. We needed to bring our own reference photo that we wanted to do for this last painting and I've always loved this photo of a narrow, Italian street.