I stumbled upon this recently and got a kick out of it. It’s amazing what talented musicians and all those drops of ink can create. Kudos to the creator of the video for making this, too.
I often receive emails on various aspects of my creative process, interests. I receive other inquiries with questions for my opinion about various things, so I thought I’d use this space to answer and share my thoughts from time to time.
I have a few replies I’ll be posting about soon. If you have a question or comments as well, send it to: qa@ darryldaniels.com . I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to answer all of them, but I will do my best to respond as many as I can as soon as possible.
We’ll be launching limited edition canvas prints of some never released pieces this fall. This will be high-quality canvas reproductions released in less than 300 per edition. They will only be available for a limited time and will not be published in canvas edition once all product is sold.
A site for purchasing these and other prints is in the works and will be online soon as well.
It’s officially completed. “The Building Stage” is the culmination of a year of research and development. It’s the largest and the most detailed painting I’ve ever produced, measuring 4-foot by 2-foot .
The idea to produce the piece came from my seeing a print ad for one of the Big Three car companies, in which several buildings from the downtown Detroit skyline were featured. The Chrysler House and First National buildings were among the 1920’s-era structures in that ad and both are a part of “The Building Stage”.
The real challenge of this piece was finding the layout that struck the right balance between the musicians and buildings. Continue reading
Here, I’ve begun to paint in the horns, the drums and bass, though I’m not sure that the bass color here is the final color of choice. Stay tuned on that one.
I’ve also done a bit more tweaking on the windows though they are being experimented on as well. More to do, but we’re getting there.
Here’s a look at where things stand with “The Building Stage” as of 1/16/16. Players are being filled in and it’s starting to take shape. The building windows have been filled in, though there is more to do there. Once instruments are added, things will really take off. Back soon!
I’m well overdue on this update for the Detroit piece. I was called away on another important art project for the better part of a month and a half. I’m now back at work on this piece and plan to have it completed very soon.
At this point, I am adding filling in windows for the buildings. One Detroit Center (also known as Comerica Tower) on the left has incredible number of windows to complete, but it will be worth the effort in the effort. There’s a drummer off the left there as well and the piece will also include a pianist and bassist on the right side of the painting in front of the Dime Building (or the Chrysler House building, as it’s currently known). Creating a piece featuring the wonderful architecture of Detroit has been a project I’ve long wanted to produce and it’s getting closer to being a finished reality. More updates coming soon–I promise.
This is the underwire sketch for one the most detailed and researched pieces I think I’ve ever done. “The Building Stage” is inspired by the great architecture of downtown Detroit. Looking forward to getting the paint mixed. More soon.
So I last wrote about the Detroit project in March of this year. This piece will be a work featuring the jazzmen on a rooftop playing against the Motor City’s storied skyline.
The reason for the delayed update is that I had to put the project aside because I wasn’t fully happy with any of the concepts I had for the musicians layout. A few months ago, I thought I was close. I was leaning towards a configuration that had the pianist as the central player and the rest of the band scaled back, but as I started sketching it out at full size (for a 48 x 24 inch canvas) something wasn’t quite right. So with other matters to tend to as well, I had to put it aside. However, the project is something I that’s been on my mind for some time.
One morning recently, I was looking through some old sketches (for no particular reason), when I stumbled upon a sketch I did in 2012. It showed the musicians with no background, but angle of the main player was perfect for the building background and I clearly thought so at the time because I scribbled a possible title next to it, which read “Building Stage”. So here were the pieces of a painting sitting a book of sketches I did 3 years ago.
I’ll start work on the highly detailed building backgrounds in a day or two and then the musician additions thereafter. I’ve been looking forward to getting this piece done for a long time. The experience of getting to this point proves the importance of trusting your instincts and the value of looking back.