Duane Keiser Can of Brushes and Pomegranate on a Sill
Duane Keiser Daisies on a Sill
Duane Keiser started it all. He started the huge and omnipresent "Daily Painting Movement". I used to look at his work regularly, and was so enraptured that I began to produce my own "dailies". Then I actually stopped looking at his paintings much (confession here) because I found them a little too intimidatingly good. Today I've spent some time looking through his blog and realize that he is an essential inspiration for anyone who wants to paint quickly and spontaneously.
I find it refreshing that he does not endlessly repeat the same themes, and in fact I'm often both surprised and delighted in his very original subject matter. And of course his sense of light, space and the everyday beauties of our existence are superb. His work helps me to look more closely at the world.
The theme this month is windows, so I'm limited to these two, but I'm sure you don't mind.
Interestingly, he does not post the sizes of his work on his blog, or the dates, and does not allow comments. This makes for a very clean look, all the emphasis on the work itself.
Traditional galleries are never going to go away. You'll always need them, but the days of them being the gatekeepers are over.
Inspired by the paintings of Gabriella Soraci, the month of October will be devoted to looking at paintings that use a window as a central subject. I plan to alternate between contemporary artists and artists from the past. If you have a suggestion (not your own work please), please email me an image along with a few sentences about the work.