Ecstatic Encounters

Random thoughts on showing my work and receiving reactions. When people see my paintings in person their eyes get bigger and bigger and most often they smile. Sometimes I see them up on their toes. They must be reacting to the "uplifting" motion of the compositions. They sometimes [...]

By |2021-08-23T21:51:24+00:00August 23rd, 2021|Cloudscapes, Inspiration, Oil Paintings|Comments Off on Ecstatic Encounters

Can One Have Too Many Books on Turner?

"Take me to the Tate." In 1990 I was pregnant with our first child. I left the doctor's office with the pregnancy confirmed and went directly to a travel agent office. "Book me a flight to London". I knew that if I didn't see Turner's paintings right away, [...]

By |2021-07-20T14:35:29+00:00July 20th, 2021|Art History, Artists, Inspiration, Landscapes, Notes from Life|Comments Off on Can One Have Too Many Books on Turner?

Transformation

During my junior year of college I had a super serious brain operation in Montreal. I brought my sketchbooks and Rapidograph pens and ink to the hospital for the multi-weeks' stay. In the hospital library was a book on butterflies. I drew and drew from that book. The [...]

By |2021-07-07T20:58:43+00:00June 28th, 2021|Art Shows, Completed Artwork, Inspiration, Notes from Life|Comments Off on Transformation

Compositions Called “Zoomies” — & How They Came to Be

The artist in the White Mountains, NH circa 1988 with their 1982 BMW R80 named "Schwarz" all loaded with camping equipment Above: © 1991 Daryl D. Johnson, Wind & Ash — Mt. Washington, Oils on Canvas, 32 x 54″ My husband and I did a lot [...]

By |2021-05-27T19:51:05+00:00May 27th, 2021|Inspiration, Landscapes, Oil Paintings, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Compositions Called “Zoomies” — & How They Came to Be

When a Sketchbook is a Love Letter

I'm participating in The Sketchbook Project run by the Brooklyn Art Library in my birthplace, New York City. Artists purchase a sketchbook from them, use any medium, then register and submit their sketchbook to this Global Art Library. "We are more than just a project. We are [...]

By |2021-04-28T16:27:08+00:00April 28th, 2021|In Progress, Inspiration, Landscapes|Comments Off on When a Sketchbook is a Love Letter

When You Get A Postcard From Helen Frankenthaler

Last year I was sorting through books, doing a hard cull down before packing to move. The art books were the toughest to let go. I had so many, and inherited even more from my Mom several years ago. Her collection included Asian Art, art from Latin America, [...]

By |2021-04-07T20:51:29+00:00March 31st, 2021|Artists, Inspiration, Notes from Life|Comments Off on When You Get A Postcard From Helen Frankenthaler

Great Art Can Inspire You for a Lifetime

Visual artists are surrounded with art - mostly their own - and I am always curious what creations from other artists catch their eye and become part of their collection. Discerning eyes. This post is about a particular piece in my collection. When I was 10 years old [...]

By |2021-02-25T17:40:29+00:00February 25th, 2021|In the Studio, Inspiration|Comments Off on Great Art Can Inspire You for a Lifetime
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