The name of this painting was suggested by a student in my watercolor class. I painted it as a study of clouds and waves, matching the palette to the colors used in Near Port Austin to go into a matching used frame. The sailing ships were inserted to add to the narrative of the scene.
Although this looks like a sunset, it is actually a sunrise on the shore of Lake Huron near the town of Port Austin, in the thumb of Michigan. I must admit, this painting, like Pirate’s Gold, was done specifically to fit a used frame I found at Goodwill.
The Holy Family, inspired by a newspaper photo of a young couple at a candle-light vigil, the visual focal point of this painting is the light between mother and child, but the emotional focal point is in Joseph’s eyes, as he contemplates the enormity of the burden he has undertaken.
Named after a semi-tame squirrel from my childhood, this painting was my first attempt at painting animal fur (except our collie). For the foreground textures I used the crumpled plastic wrap method for the first time in a painting.
Daniel J. Slattery has worked in many mediums, including acrylic, oils, pen and ink, pastels and ink washes. Over the years he has gravitated towards watercolors, partly for their versatility and partly for their portability, which make any pleasant setting a good place to sit and paint for an hour or two. All images are copyrighted by the artist and may not be used or duplicated without written permission.