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Art Exhibits at the Library: Floral Arrangements

A virtual gallery that showcases the Milton Public Library's featured artists

October 2020

Floral Arrangements | by David Dauer

A Flower Standing Alone

24" x 18"
Watercolor
$450

This single rising flower reminds me that we must do things for ourselves. We must stand up strong to what confronts us in life and try to be steadfast in our individual course. The bed of blue flowers below represents the humanity that is always there supporting our efforts whether they be family, friends or just admirers. This piece uses watercolor paints, ink and graphite on paper.

Angel Flowers

60” x 30”
Acrylic on multi-layered canvas
$2,250

In this mythical landscape, angel flowers are coming from above to share their powers of happiness onto the world. The lives below, comprising of many different flowers (shades of mankind), are all working together in this utopian landscape with two moons and purple skies. 

Blue Flower

40” x 40”
Acrylic on Canvas
$1,900

Following in the floral content of Orange Flower and Gold Flower, this larger piece continues its focus on interplay as the lower flowers seem to be taking protection from the larger, more flamboyant entity. The rich blue/aqua background enhance the pinks and whites of the main flower while the abstractions from the underpainting help create depth and a luminous feel. 

Flowers of Life

24” x 36”
Acrylic on Canvas
$1,275

This painting, as all my pieces do, starts from an abstract underpainting of horizontal and vertical patterns. In this piece I’ve taken a painting, which I wasn’t happy with, leaving the flowers in the top left and bottom right. I then began the process of filling in the rest while leaving some semblance of the prior painting and creating an abstract imagery with the use of yellows, thick impasto and linear lines. The flowers, like humans, create a passion through their interactions with each other.

Gold Flower


36” x 36”
Acrylic on Canvas
$1,950

Conversations abound in this painting with the use of my underpainting coming through to the surface and a more dynamic use of drawing. The flowers in this piece create an interplay that is reminiscent of conversations between people. Let your mind discover what is being said. This is the sister painting of Orange Flower which can be hung together on a wall. 

Orange Flower

36” x 36”
Acrylic on canvas
$1,950

Conversations abound in this painting with the use of my underpainting coming through to the surface and a more dynamic use of drawing. The flowers in this piece create an interplay that is reminiscent of conversations between people. Let your mind discover what is being said. This is the sister painting of Gold Flower which can be hung together on a wall.

Orange Tulips

30” x 26”
Acrylic on multi-layered canvas
$1,300

The conversation starts in this painting with the orange tulips conversing with the large dominant flower. The large flower seems aloof to all but seems to actually be interacting with the tulip on the left. Much like real life as we look to state our points to those in power or dominant over us. Can you relate to this scene?

The Land of Hidden Meaning

30” x 60”
Acrylic on multi-layered canvas
$2,250

During a visit to Maine, on a walk, I was taken by a stately oak tree that was sitting alone majestically in an expansive landscape. I took a photo of the tree and a mental note of my feeling from the visuals I saw on that day. The flowers on that walk are depicted here, however, there were none by the tree. The impression for me was of awe. Nature always finds its way to impress us.

About the Artist and Exhibit


Floral Arrangements, new work by artist David Dauer, represents a transition over the past two years from his surrealistic stories to a new world of nature and life, using flowers as the vehicle to tell his stories. 

"In my new work I develop abstract structures with rich textures to create a vibrant underpainting. With that done I draw my imagery and then paint using color washes and thick paint to create rich and vibrant color.  Flowers, and in some cases landscapes, are the vehicle to convey my visual conversations. Flowers represent more than what we see in the natural world. They represent all life and the interactions we experience around us.”

David holds both a BFA (UMass Dartmouth) and an MFA (Kent State University) with continued studies in design from UMass Dartmouth. He has participated in group and solo shows. For over 30 years he worked in the Publishing and Advertising fields as a designer, art director and creative director. 

Born in Brooklyn, NY he grew up in Framingham, MA. For 35 years he lived in Milton, MA until recently settling in Canton, MA with his wife Debbie.

All of David’s work in the gallery along with many other paintings and prints can be seen on his website at dbdauerstudiostore.com.  All first time purchasers on his website receive a 20% discount. 
You can reach David Dauer at david@dbdauerstudio.com

Pink

16” x 16”
Acrylic on multi-layered canvas
$500

One pink flower dominates this piece while all that surrounds it seems to be pushed away. Simple in color yet loaded with texture and underlying imagery trying to come to the visual surface. 

Pink and Blue

12” x 20”
Acrylic on multi-layered canvas
$500

YouTube video of the making of this painting: youtu.be/ph1qnlvMR9E

The interaction between these two flowers is quite evident in my portrayal of a unique conversation. It represents all conversations we see on a daily basis. What are they talking about? Are they calm, angry, happy?  What do you see? 

Pink Flower

36” x 14”
Acrylic on multi-layered canvas
$1,100

YouTube video of the making of this painting: youtu.be/8NwNthb-HeY

The pink flower rises up on this golden landscape. Its top is as bright as the sun as a group of tulips stand tall underneath it, as if paying homage to its unique stature in the world. 

Purple Sky

24” x 18”
Watercolor
$450

I believe I was thinking about our country when I painted this watercolor. At that moment there was much negativity in the air. Then the I thought about the song “America.” The Lyrics, “For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain.” Thus this beautiful flower and the purple sky…There is glory every day that comes our way, we just have to open our eyes. 

Midnight Blue

26” x 50”
Acrylic on multi-layered canvas
$1,950

A single colorful flower with a yellow top stretches itself out in a solitary evening scene. The abstract grid patterns, representative of the evening landscape, helps to create a calm and serenity in this imaginary world. 

Mother and Child #2

36” x 18”
Acrylic on multi-layered canvas
$1,100

A mother flower protects her child from the unknown intrusion by another in this abstracted landscape of yellow. There are subtle shapes in this fictional landscape that represent those that stand in the back without support to those in need. Like all of us at some point, we needed a matriarch to protect us. 

images and text © 2020 David Dauer