Moving forward on The Horns


Here, I’ve painted in the preliminary colors of the suits. This helps me quickly get a more solid sense that the work is progressing. I’ve done a good bit of work on the horns as well at this stage.

So where was I?

Hello, back from the Hinterlands. I was off working on a couple of new and exciting ventures for most of the year.  They’ll debut in earnest in 2015. Though one of the projects is art-related, it is somewhat different than the work in the jazz series, so I didn’t want to post about it here, although I will do a better job of keeping my sites updating should I need to take a detour in the future. I really am excited to get back to painting as I had planned to do much more in 2014 and have a ton of sketches for new pieces that I absolutely need to get to. I’m grateful for the support of and interest in my work and I look forward to bringing you new works before the end of the year and into the New Year.  Thanks so much!  – Darryl

Presenting “San Francisco Slides”


It took me while to get it done, because of the necessity to complete some other commitments, but here is my first completed work of 2014, “San Francisco Slides”. The “Slides” part of the title references the slides of the trombones featured in the image, as well as the sloping angles of the streets.

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San Francisco Slides Study Video

I’ve been working on a finishing up a couple of pieces before starting work on the canvas for a new painting called “San Francisco Slides”. Here’s a video of digital painting study which I produced. Updates on the progress of the painting coming soon! In the meantime, here’s a little teaser — with music!


detourSo I was working on “San Francisco Slide” when I posted back in June.  I had to wrap up some loose ends on another project in July and at the moment I’m tightening up two paintings that I started awhile back. I plan to have those completed by week’s end.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing a bit more development on SF Slide in Corel Painter and I hope to share some video of that with you soon.  So, just a quick update on where things stand. Back in a few!


Black Is The Color…

four_lgOne of the questions that has come up over the years is why the figures in my jazz series are painted in black.  I want use this forum to address that question.

When I decided to produce this series more 20 years ago now, I wanted  to create one in which  the figures were more representational of musician rather than realistic.  For me, it wasn’t a matter of portraying skin tones and ethnicity, but more about the way the colors play off of each, in much the ways musicians interact with each other. I knew I wanted to do a lot with color and design in backgrounds and I need a good foreground color for the players that allow make them stand out consistently against everything. Black is the color that does that as strongly and dramatically as I wanted for this series.

The choice for me was completely aesthetic and not social. I wanted to do what I’ve done, which is to approach each work as art first and foremost. I like and appreciate musicians of every origin. The last thing  I would be interested in would be deciding what skin tone to make each player in piece.  At the very least, the fact that they’re all represented in one color in my work is, in a way, symbolic of the way in which musicians meld and place creating  great music above whatever difference there may be in their outer layers.

Refining “San Francisco”

Sketch for "San Francisco Slide"Here I’m refining a sketch for a piece I’m working on and titling “San Francisco Slide”, at the moment (because it’s going to feature at least one trombonist). I’m playing with the angle of the streets to mimic the sloping hills for which the city of San Francisco is famous.

I’ll refine it more in the production of the actual working sketch. For now, I have enough of an idea of where I’m going with it to get it done. It’s a challenging concept, but I’m pretty sure I can pull it off.

I’ll keep you posted!