I’ve been working on several different projects lately and wanted to share a couple of them with you. I like how “opposite” these two pieces are. One drawn using a grid, highly realistic, and painted in a watercolor style. The other, purely a product of imagination and play. Several weeks ago I was out on a bike ride and taking photos on a gravel bed in Mud Creek. I shot several photos of the gravel and then took a picture of a worn brick in amongst the gravel. Later, I looked at the image on my computer and decided to print it, cropping the photo to position the brick toward the center-right. I pulled out a piece of colored mat board matching the proportions of the photo and, as I’ve done many times before drew a grid on the board, enlarging the photo in the process. So, square by square, I drew the “scene”. At first, I just outlined most of the rocks but included shadows and textures. I can’t say for sure but I think I spent several hours of drawing and outlining to get it to where I felt the need to start painting. This painting was handled more like a watercolor painting than […]
You may have noticed I’ve been “absent”. It is now mid-September 2021 and my last email to you was back in January! I’m happy to report that I’m “back” from where I’ve been and want to tell you all about it. Last week was my final week of Physical Therapy and I’m more or less back to work. Not exactly 100% back but…let’s call it 80%. May 26th I had my right knee replaced. Knee replacement is not a fun experience but I felt like I needed to get it done. I gotta tell you, the first three weeks were rough but I was able to stop taking most of the pain meds after that and was hoping to return to a more normal life. But by the end of the first month, I had lost 25 pounds and my blood pressure meds were working against me. I was tired, depressed and basically dragging along from day to day. My family and my doctor helped me get back on track. Somewhere around 3 to 4 weeks out from surgery, I felt the need to draw…to do some art. Living without art was just not like me. Since I was mostly […]
I really enjoyed talking with Phillip Mayeux of Arkansas Arts Scene blog for this interview about my art practice and work. Hope you can check it out! https://www.arkansasartscene.com/home/interview-with-artist-daniel-coston
I am delighted to be in a show once again in January at Local Color Studio Gallery in Fayetteville! (You might remember this exhibit there from last year, right before lots of things had to shut down.) In “Green is Gold”, I’m joining two very talented Fayetteville artists: Leana Fischer’s striking watercolors and amazing collages from Lisa Nance. Alex did a great job pairing our various pieces together and I hope you can go see the show! The gallery held a virtual opening on Facebook on Friday, January 22nd and you can watch it here. My pieces are all woodsy landscapes, painted in acrylic. Call the gallery to arrange an appointment to see it in person, the show will run through February. Local Color Studio Gallery is at 275 S Archibald Yell Blvd in Fayetteville. Here are a few of the paintings I will be showing. Contact me if you would like to purchase one of these paintings!
Contemporary painter Daniel Coston’s Memory in 20/20 opens Friday November 13th at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas, and continues through January 9th 2021. “Memory in 20/20” will also be available for viewing during regular business hours, Monday – Saturday, 10-5:00. The gallery will close for a holiday break, starting at 2:00 on December 24, and will re-open on Monday, January 4, at 10:00. Call if you have any questions – (501-224-1335). Cantrell Gallery is located at 8208 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR. Please contact Cantrell Gallery for pricing and availability! Visit Cantrell’s Facebook page for a cool virtual tour.
You’re invited! January is off to a fun start! I’m thrilled to be one of three artists participating in “Relativity”. The show starts this Saturday, Jan 18th, at Local Color Studio Gallery in Fayetteville, the opening reception starts at 6 pm Saturday night. My pieces are all science fiction and fantasy based so a bit different from my normal rural landscapes but still painted in a style that is very much me. I hope you can come join us for the opening! If not, the show will run through February and the gallery is open M-F from 4-7 pm. Local Color Studio Gallery is at 275 S Archibald Yell Blvd in Fayetteville. Here are a few of the paintings I will be showing. Visit my show exhibition page for a full list of paintings in the show. Contact me if you would like to purchase one of these paintings!