New Orleans

So, the original idea was to do a single painting with New Orleans as the background. Now I’m thinking a second one may be on the horizon.

I’ll be starting work on the first one very soon, as the second one takes shape a bit more. Interestingly enough, for me anyway, the first piece comes out of sketches I’ve had for years. It’s always interesting to go back into the folders and revisit places I’ve been, because they always have something to offer in the present day.

Back soon.

The Jazzmen

Last year, I decided to make a relatively small change to the name of the series. The musician series had been known as The Darryl Daniels Jazz Collection for the better part of 10 years. I thought it was time to give the series a name that reflects what it is about, which is the musicians. So the new name for the series is, “The Jazzmen”.

Presenting “The Building Stage (Detroit)”

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

Hail, Hail, The Horns Are Here!

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!

Update on Detroit work

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.

The Building Stage

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.

Update on Detroit

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.