Sunday, July 27, 2014

PB&J ! - by Darren maurer

8" x 10"
At last count I think this is number sixteen for my paintings with PB&Js as the subject matter. They have always sold quickly regardless if they are sent to a gallery or listed on eBay. I have painted very small ones and very large ones. My favorite part about painting them is getting the jelly to look three dimensional with the correct shine and sparkle. I have come to realize that people really want paintings of peanut butter and jelly to hang on their walls. This piece is a little larger (8"x10") than my normal miniature paintings. I will list the piece on an eBay auction which you can see by clicking HERE.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Strawberry - by Darren Maurer

5" x 7"
Sometimes paintings don't end up how they were intended. I started this piece out as a close up of some lettuce leaves. It looked so abstract I was afraid the viewer was going to have trouble figuring out the subject matter. So...after about two hours of painting I grabbed an old rag and wiped the entire canvas clean. The canvas then had a nice muted green color to it. I wanted to keep working and decided something red would really look intense against the greenish background. I grabbed a fresh strawberry from the refrigerator and set it up and began roughing in the shape on top of the wet canvas. Sometimes paintings end up much nicer than they would have been. Click HERE to see the eBay auction page.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Homemade Dill Pickle Chips by Darren Maurer

When I was a kid I can remember my mom, her sisters, and both of my grandmothers all making dill pickles at home. They all had a little different way of making them by tweaking the recipes. I have always loved foods that have been pickled and it is no different today. My wife, ShLoe, has been working on tweaking her own recipes this year. She started with a great recipe from my aunt, Annabell, who is known far and wide for fantastic pickles.  ShLoe has adjusted it here and there to add a spicy dill pickle into the selection. I like spicy too. I also liked the way these pickle chips looked when I saw them cooling on the counter top last week. I had to paint them. This painting is available at auction. Click HERE to see the auction page.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Coke Bottle - by Darren Maurer

This painting was just finished tonight. I have a thing for painting slick glossy glass for instance. What is really cool about painting a Coke bottle is getting the greenish tint to the glass done convincingly. As in a previous Facebook post about the "Blue Shoe" this piece was also first under-painted in monotone greys and then glazed to achieve the greenish tinged glass. I haven't decided if I will offer this piece on an eBay auction or save it for a show. If anyone is interested I would offer the painting for sale through my blog page for $250 plus $12.00 shipping. Email me for details and I will email you a Pay Pal link. Follow me on Facebook!

Friday, April 04, 2014

PB&J - by Darren Maurer

24" x 36"
Here is the latest PB&J painting all finished. I like the contrast between the wet glossy jelly and the drier porous texture of the bread.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

T-Rex Dinosaur Original Oil Painting by Darren Maurer

16" x 20"
I just finished another dinosaur piece. I like the strong contrast between the background and the back edge of the dinosaurs neck and back. Painting for Sale. $800.00

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Common Goldeneye" Original Oil


In the past I have not traditionally offered many of my original waterfowl paintings for sale through my blog page. Most of the waterfowl related work is sold either through galleries or as a commission piece. This piece was done as a demo in a painting lesson. My waterfowl paintings have become more collectible since winning five Iowa Duck Stamp Competitions and being named the Iowa Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year twice. Click to see the five waterfowl stamp winners and two Print of the Year paintings. $200.00 plus shipping.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Find Me on Facebook!

I finally decided to open a Facebook page to showcase my work. Here is the link to my Facebook page  Don't forget to "Like" me! The title of the Facebook page is Darren Maurer Studio.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

T-Rex Dinosaur Illustration

I am happy to let everyone know that the T-Rex illustration on the previous post was published in the Summer 2013 issue of Prehistoric Times Magazine recently. I am a big fan of the magazine due to the strong emphasis on paleo art and paleo-artists from all different  medias. I am planning on submitting more illustrations in the future. The magazine doesn't go too deep in the scientific aspects of paleontology which I enjoy as well but it is nice to have a place that showcases such a wide variety of paleo artwork all under one cover.. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

T-Rex Dinosaur by Darren Maurer

16" x 20"
As many of you that follow my blog already know, one of my many interests is hunting various types of fossils which also include dinosaurs. As a group we usually make it out in the field a few times a year for the fun and adventure of discovering fossils from several interesting animals and plants that are long ago extinct. I have put together a nice collection of fossils over the years and have become very proficient in dinosaur anatomy from the countless hours spent in the field, reading, and comparing fossils from different collections and species. Our group is invited for public speaking engagements at schools, colleges, universities, and museums several times a year to share our knowledge and adventures with anyone interested. As an artist and dinosaur enthusiast, I have always been fascinated by the many talented paleo-artists working in the field today. My goal is to begin completing some paleo related oil paintings as time allows and see where it goes. I would love to illustrate my own book someday or assist others with paleo illustration projects. This painting is one of the first I decided to share with everyone on my blog page. This is a T-Rex and I especially like the menacing look that the viewer is greeted with. This painting was published in Prehistoric Times Magazine #106 Summer 2013 issue. Own the original! $800.00
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