Duane Keiser

Duane Keiser is a Daily Painter who has managed to steer clear of what I call Daily Painting complacency, continually seeking out new and challenging subjects. His Daily Paintings are typically 7"x6", but he often works much larger, and much smaller.

Here are Duane's choices of two favorite paintings from 2013, one from his painting-a-day series, and one quite large, along with some of his thoughts about them:

Bike Shadows oil/canvas 56"x46" 2013
I painted Bike Shadows using one of my "A Painting a Day" pieces as a reference. I like how this vibrates back and forth between the abstract and the representational. At first glance the point of view is somewhat ambiguous and the space is flat. With the second glance you notice the fleck of orange, and then the peddle and then the bike. This causes the warm white to turn into sunlit concrete and recede away slightly-- thus becoming representational. When viewed up close this shifting is quite dramatic.
Chair, Table, Sun oil/linen 7"x6" 2013
For me, this is a painting of stillness and silence. It depicts a corner of my dining room in the morning when my daughter is at school and the neighborhood outside is quiet.
You can see more of Duane Keiser's work at his blog, his website and his Facebook pageand be sure to check out his "favorites" post from last year.

The current theme is Artists Who Blog- Favorites of 2013.  Chosen artists have sent in one or two of their favorite paintings from 2013, along with some words about the creation of the work, or about general new directions and goals. There will be a new artist highlighted each day for twenty five days, so check back often. 


  1. There is a beautiful "presence" in this painting though there is no one there. The light and color and the circle of the arms of the chair and its shadow create the feeling that something is there, ephemeral and eternal, beautiful!

  2. Something special in his work. A rare presence, an energy that says "I am standing here zeroing in on this situation at hand with my full attention" that is a good thing.

  3. These were two of my favorites, too — although every post seemed to offer a new favorite. If the Twinkie one was last year, that'd be my absolute fave! Oh, and the video of the peeling fruit.

  4. Bike Shadows is so interesting. Love the composition.

  5. I absolutely love "Bike Shadows". The touch of red is perfection!


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