Category Archives: Oil Paintings

Looking at Brushstrokes

Brushstrokes: Footprints to Understanding

Wondering what the brushwork that provides the texture, direction, depth of paint, etc. on a canvas surface can help tell the story of a piece. Artists have a lot of tools to use: color, composition, subject matter, perspective…

The brush can leave an expressive swath of paint, a smooth continuous tone and other effects. When I go to museums I often like to stand near a painting at the distance I would stand if I were painting it. Of course this makes the guards nervous, so I don’t move my hands, just my eyes soaking in the motion and lengths of bush marks. How else could I perceive what they did?

I read up about techniques, for instance Turner left his thumbnail long to use as a scraper of sorts, or what kinds of brush hairs to expect in the dried paint. (Art conservators will determine I used brushes of border collies and labrador hairs, I am certain.) 

I’m curious as of late about larger, more expressive strokes, not the seemingly rigid, smooth, careful small, very small, strokes of sometimes realistic scenes. I would like to express the aliveness of nature around us, of scenes we love. An emotional response.

Sometimes we say “That artist is a “painter’s painter” and I think it’s all about how they handle paint on the surface. This isn’t Photoshop, people. We know it’s paint we’re using as a language. Express the paint’s life as paint!

Also posted in In Progress, Inspiration

Moving Towards Completion

How do I move thru a painting towards completion?

While studying the piece, I ask questions…in no particular order:

— What is the story here?

  • — A coming storm?
  • — An inhale / exhale?
  • — A conflict, a resolution?
  • — Momentum?
  • — A sigh of relaxation?

— Are the lights and darks holding their own, carrying the story?

— What did I see this morning in the sky on the way to swimming?

These questions help me see strengths and areas I need to work on more. 

And then the paintings will fully express it’s story.



Also posted in In Progress, In the Studio, Inspiration, Landscapes

“New Hampshire Landscapes in Motion” Show

“Northeast Motion” 30×40″ Oils on Canvas

Daryl D. Johnson to Exhibit Paintings at the
Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce

“New Hampshire Landscapes in Motion” on display January through March, 2019.

An Artist Reception is scheduled for Friday, January 11, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm.

Described by Art New England magazine as“…gestural realist landscapes with the overall effect of speeding through layers of lighted space,” Johnson’s oil paintings of landscapes are inspired by her motorcycle travels. The original oil paintings are awash with the energy of movement and nature with shifting patterns of water and rising transient clouds.

Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce
49 South Main Street
Concord, NH

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Also posted in Art Shows, In the News, Landscapes

Nashua ArtHub Gallery Show

Sweep 2017 16x20

Art Show at the ArtHub Gallery in Nashua, NH

Opening Reception September 28th from 6 – 8pm

September  1  through October, 2017
Wednesday – Fridays: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturdays: 10:00am – 2:00pm

30 Temple Street, Ground floor, Nashua, NH
Free Parking — Free Admission
Nashua Area Artist’ Association Group show.
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In The Studio Today

Oil painting today from pics I took in Ogunquit, Maine last summer.

Also posted in In the Studio