Tuesday, December 7, 2010

New DVD Release!


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Preview the DVD on youtube!

Review by producer Ralph Liliedahl
"I recently had the good fortune to film artist Daniel Keys as he painted several alla-prima oil demonstrations in my studio. Daniel is young, enthusiastic, energetic and extraordinarily talented. For those of you who not familiar with him, he was recently featured on the front cover of Art of the West along with a lengthy, associated article, and an outstanding article in Southwest Art. I'm sure that most of you know that these "western" magazines specialize in Western Art, so for them to feature Daniel's still life painting is a great compliment to the quality of his composition and painting ability and most unusual and out of the ordinary.

While Daniel's oil painting ability is already outstanding, he has been invited to study with Master Artist Richard Schmid on a regular basis. At the age of 24, this is sure to improve his, already, masterful skills in the coming years, including not only the beauty of his paintings but his skillful and articulate verbal explanations of his painting process.

Don't miss the chance to see Daniel paint this beautiful still-life and to learn his approach and execution methods. Although young in age, his command and knowledge of oil painting is way beyond his years and will bring you not only the pleasure of seeing him work, but an unusual depth of knowledge that he so willingly provides."


For more information about Daniel, please visit his website at: www.danielkeysfineart.com


-Ralph Liliedahl
Review Copyright 2010 by Ralph Liliedahl, All Rights Reserved. No part of this review may be used or published without the written permission of the author


Monday, September 20, 2010

New Article in Workshop Magazine

Look for a twelve page feature article in the Fall issue of American Artist's "Workshop" Magazine, describing in detail the recent workshop I taught in Putney Vermont. Featured throughout the article -written by Allison Malafronte- are some wonderful photos taken by my good friend Lori Woodward.

Recent trip to Denver

I recently had the privilege of flying out to Denver Colorado, to be with fellow artists Quang Ho, Kate Sammons, and Tony Hochstetler, for our group show, "Four Objectives", at Gallery1261. The show was a tremendous success, with many artworks selling, and we a great turnout for Quang's and my duel-demo.

Some guests admiring my recent works during the show.

A couple closely inspecting a masterpiece by Quang Ho.

Quang and me, during our duel-demo the day after the show's opening.
(Photo courtesy of artist Ken Elliott)

Gallery1261 is located in the heart of Downtown Denver, near museums, the public library, and a great little restaurant called "Palettes". Public art installments are within sight from almost every corner of this particular area.

The show will hang through October 9Th. For more information, please visit www.gallery1261.com

Monday, August 2, 2010

Workshop at the Scottdale Artist School

Learning to See: Steps to Painting the Alla Prima Still Life

Location: Scottsdale Artist School

Nov 15-19, 2010

Meets 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
on Mon Tue Wed Th Fri

Tuition: $585.00
Level: All Levels
Status: Registration opens 8/5/10 9:00 AM MST

Each day, Keys will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful still life paintings using "Alla Prima" methods. Following each morning's demo, the students will set up still life compositions of their own, and paint them from life, while receiving one-on-one instruction. During this extensive course, the students will receive insight into learning to see correctly, and develop an adeptness in the following areas: Composition, drawing, color, value, and edges.

For more information please visit the school's site www.scottsdaleartschool.org

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

October Still-life Workshop


Three-day Still-life Workshop
In Vermont This Autumn
~
October 20th - 22nd


"Antique Clock with Pumpkins"
2009
16" x 20" Oil on linen


~Autumn Inspiration: Still-lifes that reflect the season in oil~


Register for another three-day painting experience, in Putney Vermont this October!

For three full days this Autumn,
I'll once again be providing painting demonstrations each day (completed from start to finish), followed by sessions of instruction and critique as students are given opportunity to paint from life.

Participants in this workshop will again explore:
Composition: Prepositioning the subjects, to create interest in the still life
Drawing: The importance of a sound start
Color: Giving attention to temperature
Value: Making the most of limits
Edges: Creating movement in the still life

The Workshop will be held each day in the "Village Arts Barn": A large and conveniently located building in Putney Vermont, where the well known painting group, "The Putney Painters", meet.

Class is limited!

Cost is $350 per participant
A materials list, along with a list of recommended hotel accommodations, will be provided post signing up. (students are required to bring their own painting materials, and make hotel reservations.)

For more information, and to register, contact me directly at:
danieljkeys@danielkeysfineart.com

Don't miss your opportunity to personally paint with me this Autumn, and build the necessary skills for a better painting experience!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Recommended Reading

Two books recently recommended to me by my artist friends, Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik:

The Artist's Guide to Selecting Colors

This is an excellent book about popular artists' paints on the market today: a guide to the selection of a suitable palette in all mediums - watercolors, oil paints, acrylics, gouache or alkyds. It will enable you to identify the good, the indifferent and the bad. It also outlines the characteristics and temperaments of each color and lists the suitable as well as the unsuitable pigments that you will come across.

Atlas of the Human Anatomy for the Artist

In an effort to improve my figure painting skills, I've decided to start with the practice of drawing and studying the human anatomy. This book - recommended by Nancy - is designed to aid the artist in the execution of correct proportional drawing of the human body, and also gives an in-depth look at bones, muscles, and basic human-body structure.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Recently Sold!

This is a recent work to come out of my studio, and has just sold through Greenhouse Gallery.

"Teacup with Blossoms"
2010
16" x 12" Oil on linen

Event Photos

Photos of my recent two-person show - and painting demo - at Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in San Antonio.

The show was a tremendous success, and I happily met many of my fans and art collectors.

(Note: all photos courtesy of Jason Smith, and Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art)

Beginning the demo while answering questions.

Fellow Artist - Cesar Santos.

Speaking with collectors during the evening reception.

Cesar, with collectors.

A great turn out for the afternoon demo.

Wrapping up.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Works!

"Yellow Squash with Turnips"
2010
11" x 14" Oil on linen

"Wild Flowers"
2010
6" x 6" Oil on linen


"Pumpkins"
2009
24" x 36" Oil on linen


"White Azaleas with Pansies"
2010
8" x 8" Oil on linen


"Antique Chinese Jar"
2010
36" x 18" Oil on linen


These and additional works will be exhibited as part of my two-person show at Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art
March 2ND through 19Th
2010

www.greenhousegallery.com

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Art of the West

Look for the March/April issue of Art of the West magazine at your local Barnes and Noble, or Borders bookstores, with my painting "Summer Still Life on it's cover (originally supposed to feature "Hydrangeas and Peaches").

The author, Vicky Stavig, did a marvelous job with the article, and the spread features eight of my recent works.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

May 2010 Still Life Workshop


Three-day Still Life Workshop
In Vermont this Spring
~
May 12Th - 14Th

"White Pumpkin with Vines" 2009

~ Exploring the Still Life in Oil~

Sign up for this three-day painting experience, in Putney Vermont!

For each of the full three days,
I'll be providing painting demonstrations (completed from start to finish), followed by sessions of instruction and critique as students are given opportunity to paint from life.

Participants in this workshop will explore:

Composition: Prepositioning the subjects, to create interest in the still life
Drawing: The importance of a sound start
Color: Giving attention to temperature
Value: Making the most of limits
Edges: Creating movement in the still life

The Workshop will be held each day in the "Village Arts Barn": A large and conveniently located building in Putney Vermont, where the well known painting group, "The Putney Painters", meet.

Class is limited to only fourteen students!

Cost is $350 per participant
A materials list, along with a list of recommended hotel accommodations, will be provided post signing up. (students are required to bring their own painting materials, and make hotel reservations.)

For more information, and to register, contact me directly at:
danieljkeys@danielkeysfineart.com

Don't miss your opportunity to personally paint with me this year, and build the necessary skills for a better painting experience!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Upcoming Article!


Look for my work in - and on the cover of - the March/April 2010 issue of Art of the West Magazine!

"Hydrangeas and Peaches" 2009

The editors of Art of the West have selected eight of my painting's images to correspond with a feature article about me, and an additional work - "Hydrangeas and Peaches" - to grace the issue's cover.

Look for the magazine at your local bookstore soon!

-DK