Sunday, August 12, 2007


Just got back from a very short trip on rt 4. Spent part of an afternoon on the North fork of the Stanislaus river at Board's Crossing. This is a quick sample.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


One of the biggest obstacles for artists is presentation. What is both appropriate and affordable in framing and matting can be overwhelming - let me tell you about it sometime.

I think I've found a nice approach to presenting canvas versions of some of my images, as you can see here; the traditional plein aire frame in gold or silver for those landscapes which fall into this category.

This particular frame's outside measurement is 11.5" x 13.5" art work size is 8'X 10". These frames are all wood with gold finish, and provide a handsome and reasonably priced package for an open edition print with the painterly feel of an original.

This image of a winter sunrise at Spanish Bay on the Monterey Peninsula is presently listed at ebay for $125.

I will be adding 2 more images in a little while with 2 more frames.

Please feel free to leave me comments about this presentation.

I will also add some observations on my rationale behind this approach.

Oh, yes, I've not been doing very much work over the past 3 weeks, as I've just become a grandfather for the first time...and will post a photo later.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Manzanita [&the Flecktones]

California Landscape Art, Larry Darnell, Manzanita, Sierra Nevada Mountain art
Manzanita tree from an original digital photograph taken by the artist near Avilla Beach in coastal Central California. Presently my works are painterly realistic landscape images based on my original photographs. I call this particular aspect of my creative works "California Landscape Art."

Two things attracted me to this subject. The first is the Manzanita's compositional strength: variable-weight white, grey and red line [branches] all moving to/from a central trunk. The other is the interplay of light, shadow and color. These natural components all create an interesting visual rhythm and counterpoint in the image.

The subtitle, & the Flecktones, refers to the musical group, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, extraordinary musicians who make very interesting eclectic improvisational music based on classical, traditional bluegrass and jazz. One of the fundamental structures of musical improvisation is variations on a theme. This image of a central trunk with multiple limbs reminded me of this musical treat in general, and the Flecktones in particular. Take a listen and see if it works for you.

The subset of this particular style is watercolor. Others include Japanese style prints, oil painting, dry brush, pointillism and serigraphic.

This matted images is 12.5 x 17.5 inches, one of an edition of only 5 prints, on Museo paper, MIS Archival inks, printed, signed and numbered by the artist.

This image is the subject of my June 2007 promotional postcard. If you'd like one, they are available at my website in the CARDS section. If you would like, I'll send you one, just send me an email request with your mailing address.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


I shot Columbine last week on a sunny afternoon in my driveway. The plant lives in a flower box, and has been happily flowering recently. This set up was lit only with bright sunlight and a white bounce card. Camera was a Canon 300D with a Pentax 100mm lens. The background area is strictly natural shadow, shot in RAW mode.

This is one of a few images presented as a photograph as opposed to my general desire to use photographs as a basis for a painterly image.

It resides in the GALLERY here, where you can see a larger version of it.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Added This Blog

I've taken the What's New format and transferred it to this blog format, which I hope will be easier to manage. Certainly the archiving will be easier.

There are places for your comments, if you like.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Felton, California

santa cruz beach house larry darnell california landscape art

I've started adding older images to the Gallery removed when I revised the website. In many cases I've revisited these older images with some newer developmental skills. This is an interesting exercise as it's possible to get stuck in a cul de sac of reworking instead of moving forward.

I'll continue to add images, older and newer, at a more rapid pace than in the past. Over the next few weeks, I expect to have 60 to 70 active images; most with supporting text: descriptions and editions availability.

I'm spending a considerable amount of time printing as well. I've been working with Museo fine art paper recently, and feel very comfortable with it. I intend to evaluate Red River papers. I've used their photo paper with good results.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Santa Cruz

The Santa Cruz image is a copy of my new card. If you'd like one, let me know. The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History has contacted me to request one of the 5 limited prints for their gift shop.

I've added Charles Sheeler to my new influences pages - master nav link at the top of the page.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Serene Lakes CA

For many years I had a section of artists I like on my website. When I started dealing with more complex php coding, which was supposed to let me do less work overall, I removed these artists' images hoping to get back to them at some point. Well, that point is now.

My plan is to add artists' images I enjoy, or have some relevancy to my work, as I have time. Initial access is through my Contact page, but will grow into more of a gallery process as I go along....I hope. Howard Pyle's images from Otto of the Silver Hand are the first to be available, today.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Felton, California

I've added 3 new artist proof images to my ebay store, and 3 art/photography books. I recommend the River of Shadows highly for anyone interested in photography, landscapes, Yosemite or California history!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Felton, California

I've also started adding accumulated print images for sale at my ebay store after a lengthy dry period of no listings. For those interested, click here to visit the store. Artist proof of Dancing Aspens is presently listed there. I will continue to add items, proofs and open editions at ebay.

In the book section of the website, I've started a booklist of books I've read this year, with the intention of reminding myself what I've read, make some brief comments on those I've found worthwhile...and relative to the art section, note books of interest or value to my work.

I often give books I like as presents, and have collected a number of art and photography books which I offer for sale or have linked to amazon for those interested.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Felton, California

Dancing Aspens at Sorensen's was shot in late October in Hope Valley just south of Lake Tahoe. Visiting Sorensen's Lodge, I had hoped to shoot fall colors, but was preceded by early snow, rain and high winds which took care of most of the leaves. Nevertheless I was able to find some limited color in a few Eastern areas more protected from the elements. There are a series of images shot at this particular time I will be adding over the next few weeks.

I've entered this with a number of other images for consideration at The Art of Photography Show in San Diego in April. Wish me luck, as I would very much like to start having my images recognized by the art world.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Felton, California

Capitola with Jim & Liz shot with a Canon A70 digital camera, photoshop, BuzzX and Neat Image filters. Christmas colors.

I haven't printed this one yet. I've done a number of fall leaf images including the home page long exposure photo of a Maple in our yard on Christmas night.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Felton, California

Larry Darnell See The USA
I try out images at to what kind of responses I can get. You can see a number of images there that aren't here, and may never be here, if you like. Click here to see.

See the USA was shot with a Canon A70 digital camera at the Woodies on the Warf in Santa Cruz. I liked this single vehicle. It reminded me of prepping for commercial shoots, waiting for the weather. Back when gas was $.25. Happy 4th of July.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Felton, California

I'll be annotating images as I add them to the website starting today. I've come to the end of a fairly long struggle revising the gallery section, and will continue to do so as I go along, I'm sure.

In some ways, I'm starting over with my workflow driven by this website. I'm revisiting every image, now that I've gotten better at Photoshop and revising and reprinting virtually every image.