Saturday, August 16, 2014

Green Olive - by Darren Maurer

5" x 5"
I can't think of anything very interesting to say about this olive. I enjoyed painting it.
Painting SOLD. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Pencil Eraser - by Darren Maurer

5" x 7"


People always ask, "How do you get your ideas?". The creative part of my life is a series of experiments, discoveries, and hopefully progression of knowledge about painting. Knowledge working in combination with an intense curiosity of my daily surroundings makes me look for subjects that will make a piece of art. A life in art is more of a non-stop work in progress and, as you paint, you are able to decide what to paint. One painting leads to another. Sometimes I'm on a roll and produce dozens of pieces of work in a few weeks and at other times the ideas don't come so easy. I saw this pencil sitting on my drafting table in my studio this week and noticed the metal ferrule that connects the pencil to the eraser and how reflective it looked. I wanted to make a painting that focused on that part of the pencil. My wife, ShLoe, saw the finished painting and asked if she could have it to sit on her desk at school. This one is isn't available.....sorry!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Lunch Sack - by Darren Maurer

9" x 12"
Something about painting a brown paper bag on a piece of stretched canvas is really fun for me. I have used them before as subjects in paintings and all the different tones of color always amaze me. The sack is made entirely of brown kraft paper but the amount of different colors I see in the bag when a strong light is casting shadows across it is almost endless. There are oranges, dark browns, dark greys, blues, ivory tones, and all kinds of subtle earth tones. Painting the bag is almost like putting a puzzle together. Paint each section of the bag the correct color and a bag emerges at the end.

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. Painting Available $150.00 plus $10.00 shipping. 
 

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. Painting SOLD.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Homemade Dill Pickle Chips by Darren Maurer

5"x7"
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. Painting SOLD.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Coke Bottle - by Darren Maurer

12"x12"
This painting was just finished tonight. I have a thing for painting slick glossy objects...like 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. This painting is available via an eBay auction. Painting Available $250.00

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

6"x6"


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 www.darrenmaurer.com to see the five waterfowl stamp winners and two Print of the Year paintings. $200.00 plus shipping.
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