Posts Tagged ‘Duane Keiser’

I think we should always be in a learning mode….trying to learn and improve on skills we have. To do that I attempt to go to a class or workshop every year or so….but when Covid hit it shut down everything last year so classes and workshops were postponed. Luckily, a few instructors offered online workshops and I just completed one with Duane Keiser. He is the first to really create a “painting a day” website and when I discovered it many years ago I knew that is what I was….a daily painter. So I was really excited to be able to take a workshop with him. It consisted of an instructional video and then 4 Zoom meetings with Duane and about 70 other artists from around the world. We ended with a Painting a Day challenge where we created a work each day in the Premier Coup style….painting the entire painting in one session. The ones above are most of the ones I did for this project. Some were done in a few hours…others in just a few minutes because that is all the time I had. The other element of the exercise was to set them aside and not critique or work on them again until the 30 day challenge ended. Some I am happy with; others I will go back in and work some details. As with most workshops I have taken over the years I learned something new. I hope to always be learning!

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Dragonfly on Wood Type by Duane Keiser, oil on board, 7″x6″

About 10 years ago I read an article in USA Today about a Virginia man who started the “Daily Painting” movement.  Duane Keiser was bringing art to everyone by making small paintings each day that were affordable and easily accessible online.  At the time I was trying to decide which direction to take….either work again in the non-profit world or paint full-time.  The concept of daily painting was intriguing to me so I decided to give it a try.  I started daily painting the very next day and soon after started the blog, Life of a Daily  Painter, and have been doing it ever since.  That was in 2006…and it’s been a terrific journey that has led to The Studio.  I continued to follow Keiser’s blog.  He started painting much bigger pieces and less of the small paintings but from time to  time he still does  small pieces that he offers through eBay.  And while I have bid on them in the past it is only recently that I acquired one…..and I am thrilled to have it.  This is a terrific example of his small works.


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