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This page gathers some of my favorite plein-air paintings from the past ten years. While it can be a real hassle to carry your equipment outdoors, it can also be a really exhilarating experience. 

 

 

 

Morning At The Old Dairy Barn, Bath County

Oil, 14x11, 2016

Private Collection




Afternoon At The Old Dairy Barn, Bath County

Oil, 11x14, 2016

Private Collection






17th Street, Richmond

Oil, 12x9, 2014

Private Collection



 

 

Grey With Pink Parasol

Oil, 18x14, 2016

Private Collection

 

 


Deltaville Dry Dock

Oil, 9x12, 2016

Private Collection

 

 


Floyd Avenue Picket Fence

Oil, 12x9, 2015

Private Collection

 



Hay Bales On A Hazy Day

Oil, 11x14, 2014

Private Collection





Tuscan Villas, Richmond

Oil, 16x12, 2010

Private Collection

 



Young Man in Straw Hat

Oil, 14x11, 2012

Private Collection




 

Study Of A Laundry Line

Oil, 8x10, 2010

Private Collection





On The Picnic Table

Oil, 12x9, 2010

Collection the Artist





Chapel In The Snow

Oil, 6x8, 2011

Private Collection

 



Roses Backlit

Oil, 8x10, 2010

Private Collection

 



Guadalajara Rooftops

Oil, 9x12, 2007

Private Collection

 



Sailboats In Deltaville

Oil, 9x12, 2017

Private Collection




Six Palette Knife Studies Of Tuckahoe Plantation

Oil, 14x11, 2018

Private Collection




 

Sean In Straw Hat

Oil, 14x11, 2016

Private Collection





Morning At Maymont (Italian Garden)

Oil, 12x16, 2009

Private Collection





Gwynn's Island Beach House

Oil, 11x14, 2016

Private Collection





Gwynn's Island Sunrise

Oil, 6x8, 2008

Private Collection




  
    

The Virginia House

Oil, 12x9, 2016

Private Collection




Woman In Morning Light

Oil, 12x9, 2010

Private Collection





Morning In Madrid

Oil, 6x8, 2009

Collection the Artist





A Canal In St. Petersburg, Russia

Oil, 10x8, 2008

Collection the Artist





Cathedral Of The Sacred Heart, Richmond

Oil, 14x11, 2011

Private Collection



Outdoor Painter

Oil, 12x9, 2016

Available





Afternoon At Maymont

Oil, 8x10, 2011

Private Collection

 





Clouds Over Christ Church Meadow, Oxford

Oil, 8x10, 2007

Collection the Artist





View Of Stuart Circle

Oil, 8x8, 2008

Collection the Artist




Roses On Sheppard Street

Oil, 8x10, 2008

Private Collection

 




Woman Gathering Floweres

Oil, 18x14, 2010

Private Collection





Cathedral Of The Resurrection, St. Petersburg, Russia

Oil, 10x8, 2008

Collection the Artist





View From My Studio

Oil, 12x9, 2009

Collection the Artist





Along The Tiber, Rome

Oil, 8x10, 2008

Collection the Artist





Gwynn's Island Marsh

Oil, 10x8, 2009

Private Collection

 




Corner Of Monument & Meadow

Oil, 10x8, 2008

Private Collection

 




Pines Of Gwynn's Island

Oil, 10x8, 2008

Private Collection

 





Painting in Deltaville, 2016




Painting in Maymont Park, 2016



Painting in Maymont Park, 2013




Painting in Madrid, 2009




Painting on Gwynn's Island, 2009




Painting in Richmond's Museum District, 2015




Painting in Guadalajara, 2007



Honorable Mention, Plein-Air Richmond, June 2014



Painting in Rome, 2008


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Plein-Air Richmond

 

In mid-June, I took part in Plein-Air Richmond. Here are a couple of paintings I did for the event:

 


View From The Hofheimer Building

Oil, 14x11" canvas size, 2018



View of Downtown From Canal Walk
Oil, 14x11" canvas size, 2018

 






View From The Canal Walk was awarded Honorable Mention by judge Duane Keiser

 


Commissioned Work



Commissioned work painted this summer, based on some charming photos taken by the mother of this young girl


 

 

New Mexico & Arizona:

 

Experimenting With Gouache

 

In late August and early September, my partner and I visited some fantastic locations in the southwest. I often paint on our trips, but oil painting requires a lot of equipment to carry. On this trip, I decided to try gouache, a type of opaque watercolor. Although I felt a bit wobbly, it provided a quick way to get a color study of my surroundings that could fit into a small 5x8 watercolor sketch pad. I was able to get most of the sketches done in about one hour, and some new equipment enabled easy set-up and breaking down.

 

This is a great way to gather references painted on location with less hassle, plus I can always use these to inspire larger oil paintings back in the studio.


 

 
Painting at Tent Rock National Monument, NM  



4x7" study painted near Jemez Pueblo, NM

 

 


On location, working out of the back of our car

 

 

 


Tent Rock study, about 4x7"
 


 

Tent Rock Study, about 5x5"


 


5x8" study painted in Cimarron, NM




On location, Cimarron



Study of our apartment courtyard in Taos, about 4x5"



Painting in the courtyard


5x7" study of mountain view, Cebolla NM
Check out the video clip of this being painted on my Facebook or Instagram page, posted early September

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David Tanner: Recent Oil Paintings

Opening Reception 6-9 pm

Friday May 18, 2018
 

My annual solo-show opens Friday May 18 at 6 pm in the Caboose Gallery of Crossroads Art Center. Twenty-two paintings are making their gallery debut. All work, with one exception, has been completed in the last year.  

 

Prices will be posted here shortly, and stay tuned for a pre-sale announcement. 

 

For higher resolution images of the paintings, go to the Available Work page and click on the thumbnails to view enlargements.

 

 

Crossroads Art Center

(The Caboose Gallery)

2016 Staples Mill Road

Richmond Virginia 23230

804-278-8950

Show runs thru July 8

 

Ask about Crossroad's convenient layaway plan!




 


After The Match

 

28x22" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 34x28"
 
Painted during the summer & fall of 2017; completed 2018

 






Waiting For The Light To Go On

 

24x30" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 29x35"
 
Painted during the summer & fall of 2017; completed 2018

 







Morning Sunlight in Church Hill

 

22x28" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 29x35"
 
Painted during the summer & fall of 2017; completed 2018

 







Girl With Pink Lillies

20x16" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 25x21"

Painted from life in my studio, 2017, completed 2018

 







Construction In The Alley, Mid-Summer

 

22x28" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 29x35"
 
Painted during the summer & fall of 2017

 





 

 

Lost In Thought

20x16" canvas size, framed in black with silver liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 25x21"

Painted from life in my studio, 2017, completed 2018





 

 


Head Study of Justin


18x14" canvas size, framed in black with silver liner, 3" width

Overall framed dimensions 23x19"

 

 

Painted from life in my studio, summer 2017

 







Man With Violin

20x16" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 25x21"

Painted from life in my studio, 2017, completed 2018

 







Head Study of Michael


18x14" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width

Overall framed dimensions 23x19"

 

Painted from life in my studio, summer 2017

 






 

 

 

Morocco: The Marketplace in Marrekech

 

22x28" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 29x35"
 
Painted in the spring of 2018

 

 







 

Morocco: In The Tangier Marketplace

18x14" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width

Overall framed dimensions 23x19"

 

Painted in 2010

 





 

 


Head Study of Giampaolo


18x14" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width

Overall framed dimensions 23x19"

 

Painted from life in my studio, summer 2017

 






 


Lemons & Teapot: Study in Yellow & White


8x10" canvas size, framed in black with silver liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 13x16"

Painted as a demonstration piece, Crossroads Art Center, Winter 2018

 


 



Study of Claude


20x16" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 25x21"

Painted from life in my studio, summer 2017

 

 







Pensive

9x12" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 14x17"

Painted as a demonstration piece, 2018






 



Dashiell in Knit Cap

14x11" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width

Overall framed dimensions 19x16"

 

Painted from life in my studio 2018

 







 

Southwest England: A Harbour in Cornwall

24x30" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 29x35"

 

Painted from life in my studio, summer 2017

 







 

Young Sophisticate

20x16" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 25x21"

Painted from life summer 2017, completed 2018

 

 




 





Young Man in White Hat

20x16" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 25x21"

Painted from life in my studio, 2017

 







Still Life With Blue Lamp

20x16" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 25x21"

Painted from life as a demonstration piece, Visual Art Center of Richmond, 2017;

 

Completed in my studio, 2018

 






 

Head Study of Matt

18x14" canvas size, framed in black with gold, 3" width

Overall framed dimensions 23x19"

 

 

Painted from life in my studio, winter 2018

 

 






Study of Jacob

20x16" canvas size, framed in black with gold liner, 3" width
Overall framed dimensions 25x21"

Painted from life in my studio, 2018

 

 









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Save the date! I'm preparing for my annual exhibition of new work, opening Friday May 18 in the Caboose Gallery of Crossroads Art Center here in Richmond, Virginia. Over twenty paintings completed in the last year will be making their gallery debut and going on the market for the first time. The opening is part of the Center's bi-monthly indoor gallery walk. Open house from 6-9 pm. 

Here's a preview of some of the work in the show. More can be seen on my Available Work page, where you can click on thumbnails to see larger, full images of the paintings. That page will continue to be updated as I complete work for the show in the next few weeks. 

 


Morning Sunlight in Church Hill, oil, 22x28, 2018



Head Study of Justin, oil, 18x14, 2017



Pensive, oil, 8x10, 2018



Still-Life With Blue Lamp, oil, 20x16, 2018

 

Lost In Thought, oil, 20x16, 2018


A 6x8 sketch painted on location last summer, used as a reference in the studio to create "Morning Sunlight in Church Hill"



The painting "After The Match" surrounded by some of my resources, including color sketches painted from a live session with the model, photo references to use when the model is unavailable for posing, artist anatomy books and diagrams, and a nearly life size skeleton model.

 




Sketches painted from life, used for reference in creating "After the Match"





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Save the date! I'm preparing for my annual exhibition of new work, opening Friday May 18 in the Caboose Gallery of Crossroads Art Center here in Richmond, Virginia. I'll have over twenty paintings completed in the last year, making their gallery debut and going on the market for the first time. My opening is part of the Center's bi-monthly indoor gallery walk, and it's an open house from 6-9 pm. Here's a preview of some of the work in the show. More can be seen on my Available Work page, and be sure to click on the thumbnails to see larger, full images of the paintings. The page will continue to be updated as I complete work for the show in the next few weeks. 

 


Waiting For The Light To Go On, oil, 24x30", 2018

 

For my narrative concept paintings, I choose a model to fit the type of character I envision for the painting. This contemplative young man was perfect for portraying a character in the midst of writing in his journal. 



Detail

 


An 8x10 sketch painted on location, and then referred to in my studio (along with photo references) to create the 24x30" painting. 




Construction in the Alley, Mid-Summer, oil, 22x28, 2018

 

This scene was based upon construction activity in the alley behind my studio this summer. Only two or three workmen were usually present as the grey garage was being built, but for the painting I multiplied the figures and painted various gestures I had observed and photographed for more interest. 

Claude With Black Tie



In the studio while the painting was in progress.

 



Still Life With Lemons & Teapot oil, 8x10", 2018

 

 

Head Study of Giampaolo, oil, 18x14" 2017




Girl With Pink Lilies, oil, 20x16", 2018
 

 

In the studio while the painting was in early progress




A recent figure painting surrounded by some of my resources, including color sketches painted from a live session with the model, photo references to use when the model is unavailable for posing, artist anatomy books and diagrams, and a nearly life size skeleton model.



 


Here's the beginning stage of a head study, with rough borders and shadow masses indicated, and the beginning of a fleshy color laid in.

The first pass of color, with the surface laid in with approximate light and shadow colors.

 

Still generalizing, I've laid in more paint and begun articulating the form. 

 

 

  
The smaller elements, like the definitions of the features, cannot be addressed until there is a sound generalization of the the color masses that support those features. Only at this point, about 6 hours into the painting, can the specifics be addressed. 

 

Head Study of Matt, oil, 18x14", 2018

 

Here is the finished product, probably a total of eight hours, working from a combination of live sittings with the model and photo references I took doing the session. 






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In March, I received notification of a Certificate of Excellence Award from the Portrait Society of America's 2018 International Portrait Competition for my painting "First Draft"! Of the 2733 entries submitted from all over the globe, there were 24 Finalists and 26 Certificate of Excellence Awards, so I'm very honored to have my work recognized. 

 

This is the third major award given to this painting since its debut. It has also received The BoldBrush Award in the BoldBrush Painting Competition, August 2017, and 6th Award of Merit in the Portrait Society of America's Member Only Competition, 2015. 

 

I've included the letter from the Portrait Society:

 

"Dear David: 

 

It has been a record setting year for the Portrait Society of America. February 1st marked the beginning of our 20th year sharing a passion for the portrait, as of today we have almost 1,000 people registered for the annual conference, and at midnight on February 22 we surpassed our previous number of entries by over 400 – with 2,733 entries submitted to the International Portrait Competition.  Portraiture is alive and well!


Thank you for submitting your work and being part of such a historic time in our organization. With over 2,733 entries submitted, we are also pleased to report the overall quality of the competition entries were the highest we have seen. 

 

Our goal in creating our annual exhibition is to display some of the finest portrait and figurative work being created today and to inspire and energize artists from all over the world. Using an established criterion: masterful skill in the chosen media, originality and uniqueness in the concept and design, aesthetic sophistication and cultural significance, a panel of three judges diligently reviewed each entry and found many works that fit these criteria. They also thoughtfully worked to find a balance showing a variety of styles, techniques and aesthetics. 

 

In addition, they looked for Empathy: sensitivity toward their subjects; Transcendence: ability to describe, in subtle ways, more than might initially meet the eye; and Vision: unique point of view in the concept and design.

 

Whether the work was a head and shoulders, mixed media, traditional oil, impressionist, charcoal, watercolor or experimental the judges applied the same criterial to each work. It was a difficult process to narrow down such a large and diverse group of 2,733 works to 100. After six rounds of evaluation they selected 24 finalists to bring their work to the conference for on-site judging, 26 certificates of excellence for special recognition and a Select 50 work that had distinction.

 

We are pleased to tell you that your artwork entitled First Draft, 24x18", Oil was one of the 26 artworks that was judged as outstanding, and awarded a Certificate of Excellence award. While selected Certificate award winners do not bring their original works to the annual conference, there are number of ways that we recognize your skill and talent:

  1. Digitally Presented as Part of Opening Ceremonies

At the opening ceremonies during the 19th Annual The Art of the Portrait, your work will be shown digitally as part of a PowerPoint presentation.

 

      2. An opportunity to accept your Certificate of Excellence on stage at the annual Gala Banquet

We invite you to attend the weekend activities as well as the gala banquet and awards ceremony and accept your certificate on stage

 

      3. In Publications and Social Media

In addition to a digital presentation of your artwork at opening ceremonies and at the Awards Banquet, an image of your work will also appear in the second quarter The Art of the Portraitjournal, read by our members and artists internationally. We will also be announcing the finalists and Certificates of Excellence on social media.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kim Azzarito

Assistant Director/Event Coordinator

Portrait Society of America


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Plein-Air Studies

 

I experimented this summer with a number of small outdoor palette knife studies.  I’m loving the speed the knife makes for a quick, simple statement, and it's a great way to explore ideas that may result in larger studio paintings. My palette here is eight colors (plus Titanium White & Ivory Black): Quinacridone Red, Cadmium Red, Indian Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Light, Prussian Blue, Ultramarine Blue, and Transparent Red Oxide (all Gamblin Artist Colors).

 


Here’s a 4x5 inch study painted with a palette knife on the grounds of Tuckahoe Plantation, June 27, 2017



More 4x5 inch palette knife studies painted on the grounds of Tuckahoe Plantation, June 27, 2017



A 6x8" palette knife study painted in historic Petersburg, September 21, 2017


Here are three studies painted on location to better understand a larger painting I may tackle back in the studio. The first was a tiny pencil sketch, about 1.5 x 2.5", created to understand the compositional layout of the scene. The second was "tonal map" using just dark paint to understand the abstract qualities of the interlocking light and dark shapes in the scene, about 4 x 5". These led to a 6x9" color study created with a palette knife and brush to understand the basic color relationships. Painted June 29, 2017.

 


Recent Model Studies

 


Study of Justin, 18x14"
Painted July 19, 2017

Study of Michael, 18x14"
Painted August 9, 2017


Study of Stuart, 18x14"
Painted July 26, 2017


Nose & lip study from model, September 15, 2017, 6x8" each


August 1, 2017, preliminary sketch (10x8") painted as a reference for a larger studio painting now in progress

Inside Collector Homes

This summer, I visited the homes of two local Richmond collectors. It's great to see how the owners have included my work in their interior design. Here's a continuation of collector's spaces I shared in my previous blog.

 
My 2013 painting Afternoon on the Outer Banks in the collector's den
 

My 2017 painting Fiddler on The Balcony and 2012's Young Man in Cowboy Hat over the collector's sofa


My 2014 painting Turn over the collector's fireplace



"Under 800 Series" Updates 
 
In March I launched a new blog called the Under 800 Series. Several newly added paintings under an $800 price-point are newly featured, including the study below. Click the painting to see more available work under $800.






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