Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Locomotive Wheel - by Darren Maurer

12" x 12"

This is a wheel on a locomotive. I saw this at a train yard in Sioux City and thought it would make a nice painting. The thin rusty patina that covers all the parts of the wheel is my favorite part of this piece. I also like the warm contrast of the sun lit areas compared to the cool shadows under the locomotive. Painting Available $200.00

Monday, September 01, 2014

Fishing Lure - by Darren Maurer

5" x 7"
I like painting old fishing lures. They have a character to them. The paint is cracked and faded. Some have wear rings around them from years of being jostled around inside a tackle box. My favorite ones have teeth marks scratched into the ...paint. I have a collection of antique lures that I have amassed over the past twenty years and each one is unique. This is one of those lures. A red and white jointed bass plug. So cool! Available $100.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Green Olives by Darren Maurer

3" x 6"
I have had a busy week in my sign shop working as late as 10:30 pm one night which obviously doesn't leave as much time to paint. Tonight I made sure I spent some time in the studio. I found this little scrap of canvas panel which measures 3"x 6" and decided to use it for a painting. It is a fall off piece left over from cutting a larger panel sometime. I had some great comments and emails about the olive I painted last week. Why not paint two olives this time? There just isn't a better shade of green than that of a green olive. Painting SOLD. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Selfie - by Darren maurer

5" x 7"
Instead of "taking" a selfie with my cell phone today I painted a selfie. I have sketched a few self portraits with graphite pencil but I can't remember painting one before. Earlier this year I was complaining to my wife, ShLoe, that I couldn't see well enough to paint the fine details on my paintings. She suggested trying a set of reader glasses and it made a huge difference. So now I wear reader glasses when I paint. The problem is I see fine normally during the day so when I have the glasses on I can't see my computer monitor that I use for my reference material. So when I paint I am always raising and lowering the glasses. Maybe I will get used to it someday? When ShLoe saw this self portrait her first comment was, "You don't look very happy." I said, "It is supposed to be a brooding artist thing but the truth is I'm not happy because I need readers now."

Apples in a Bag - by Darren Maurer

12" x 12"

I like paintings that look realistic yet when you look close you can see the brush strokes. This piece definitely fits that description perfectly. I wanted this painting to be more about the plastic bag rather than the apples. The apple to the right is painted loosely with very soft edges. The one to the left has a soft edge and a hard edge. The way a painter handles edges in a painting helps control where the focal point will be. Our eyes tend to look at hard edges first which is also how we see things. When you are looking at an object during the day the object will be in focus but things around it outside of your focal point are a little fuzzy. The top edge of the bag is a hard edge in addition to being a high contrast area. My eye goes directly to the top edge of the bag first and then follows down to the apples. This was a fun one to paint. Painting Available $250.

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

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.
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