Friday, April 04, 2014

PB&J - by Darren Maurer

24" x 36"
Here is the latest PB&J painting all finished. I like the contrast between the wet glossy jelly and the drier porous texture of the bread.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

T-Rex Dinosaur Original Oil Painting by Darren Maurer

16" x 20"
I just finished another dinosaur piece. I like the strong contrast between the background and the back edge of the dinosaurs neck and back. Painting for Sale. $800.00

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Common Goldeneye" Original Oil


In the past I have not traditionally offered many of my original waterfowl paintings for sale through my blog page. Most of the waterfowl related work is sold either through galleries or as a commission piece. This piece was done as a demo in a painting lesson. My waterfowl paintings have become more collectible since winning five Iowa Duck Stamp Competitions and being named the Iowa Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year twice. Click to see the five waterfowl stamp winners and two Print of the Year paintings. $200.00 plus shipping.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Find Me on Facebook!

I finally decided to open a Facebook page to showcase my work. Here is the link to my Facebook page  Don't forget to "Like" me! The title of the Facebook page is Darren Maurer Studio.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

T-Rex Dinosaur Illustration

I am happy to let everyone know that the T-Rex illustration on the previous post was published in the Summer 2013 issue of Prehistoric Times Magazine recently. I am a big fan of the magazine due to the strong emphasis on paleo art and paleo-artists from all different  medias. I am planning on submitting more illustrations in the future. The magazine doesn't go too deep in the scientific aspects of paleontology which I enjoy as well but it is nice to have a place that showcases such a wide variety of paleo artwork all under one cover.. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

T-Rex Dinosaur by Darren Maurer

16" x 20"
As many of you that follow my blog already know, one of my many interests is hunting various types of fossils which also include dinosaurs. As a group we usually make it out in the field a few times a year for the fun and adventure of discovering fossils from several interesting animals and plants that are long ago extinct. I have put together a nice collection of fossils over the years and have become very proficient in dinosaur anatomy from the countless hours spent in the field, reading, and comparing fossils from different collections and species. Our group is invited for public speaking engagements at schools, colleges, universities, and museums several times a year to share our knowledge and adventures with anyone interested. As an artist and dinosaur enthusiast, I have always been fascinated by the many talented paleo-artists working in the field today. My goal is to begin completing some paleo related oil paintings as time allows and see where it goes. I would love to illustrate my own book someday or assist others with paleo illustration projects. This painting is one of the first I decided to share with everyone on my blog page. This is a T-Rex and I especially like the menacing look that the viewer is greeted with. This painting was published in Prehistoric Times Magazine #106 Summer 2013 issue. Own the original! $800.00

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

PB&J #10 by Darren Maurer

20" x 20"
The gallery in Milwaukee requested another PB&J painting. I will be shipping this painting and the smaller one I finished recently when they are dry and varnished. I have about four additional paintings that will also make the trip. If anyone is interested in purchasing this piece contact the Katie Gingrass Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Painting Sold.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Jar of Honey

This is a commission painting. The jar of honey sitting on the window sill was lit up from a sun beam in an otherwise dimly lit room. I thought it was a good look. I will let it dry, apply some varnish, and ship it to my client.  

Monday, April 01, 2013

Another PB&J!!!

I'm not sure if I will ever get tired of painting PB&Js. Painting the jelly and making it sparkle is about as cool as it gets. This painting is is going to the Katie Gingrass Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I have been showing work at the gallery for almost a year. They have been great to work with and couldn't ask for better people to help me market my work. The PB&Js have been a popular subject for me over the past few years and I am working on a few more to ship to the gallery. Contact the gallery for purchase of this piece.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Art Lessons in Sioux City

Both 8x8 

I started teaching private painting lessons a couple weeks ago. Other than teaching painting at our local Sioux City Art Center a few times I don't have any other experience teaching. The twelve year old granddaughter of some very good friends of ours is interested in drawing and has a real talent with a pencil. Her mother wanted to expand her knowledge beyond the art classes at the public school she attends. We decided to try some painting lessons for a few weeks and see where it goes. I painted a little demo of an apple the first two classes which is shown at the top of this post. Next time she will start painting. She is mature for a twelve year old and asks great questions. I am confident we will make an oil painter out of her before we are done.

The second apple was also painted as demo piece at the Sioux City Boys & Girls Home. My wife and I have donated to this facility in the past and plan to continue into the future. I offered to donate some time and teach a painting class there a couple times a week for about four weeks. The kids seem interested and also ask some great questions. There are about seven boys ranging in ages from about 12 to 15 in the class and they are going to start painting next time as well. I think it would be great if even one student here could see that they had a talent that can take them to a good place when they are older. I will keep my blog up to date on how the classes are going.

Neither painting is for sale. I gave the top one away to my friend's granddaughter and the second painting will be framed and donated to the unit on the floor where the boys live at the Boys & Girls Home.
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