National Exhibition Poster to Feature Local Artist’s Painting – Eagle News Online
CAZENOVIA — This year, the work of New Woodstock artist Daniel K. Tennant will be featured on the official poster of the National Adirondacks Exhibition of American Watercolors (ANEAW), an annual exhibition held at the VIEW Center for Arts and Culture at Old Forge. , NY.
Scheduled from August 6 to September 25, the 41st ANEAW is open to all artists working in water-based media, including transparent and opaque watercolors, acrylics, casein, egg tempera, gouache and ink.
Tennant painted his featured work, “Autumn in the Adirondacks,” in 2021 based on a photograph taken by his eldest son, Christopher Tennant, who is an accomplished landscape photographer (christennantphotography.com).
A trained physicist, Christopher’s interest in photography began when his parents bought him a Pentax K1000 35mm film camera for his tenth birthday.
“I taught photography for 25 years in high school, so I taught him the basics,” Tennant recalls. “He eventually got really serious about digital photography after college and published and won a number of prestigious awards.”
Christopher’s work has been published in Popular Photography, Shutterbug, and Photo Technique, as well as Adirondack Life and several other New York State regional magazines. In Adirondack Life magazine’s 2011 photo contest, Christopher won the overall grand prize and second place in the black and white category.
Tennant completed his 25″ x 35″ gouache (opaque watercolor) painting of Christopher’s photo in 130 hours.
“I thought it would make a strong image for the watercolor show poster,” Tennant said. “I sent them a jpeg and the selection committee up there voted to use it. . . The finished painting had to be cropped slightly at the bottom to make the image fit the more rectangular proportion of the poster.
Over the years, ANEAW’s annual posters have become collector’s items for supporters of the show.
This year, VIEW will print 400 of the new posters, 200 of which will be signed by the artist. According to Tennant, the posters will be available through mail order and through the VIEW gift shop.
Tennant’s original painting will be on display this summer at VIEW, where it will be for sale. Half of the profits will be donated to VIEW.
Although Tennant hasn’t presented any of his work at ANEAW since 2019, he hopes his financial contribution will help support the show’s continuation.
“The show at Old Forge gives young artists the opportunity to exhibit their work to the public,” Tennant said. “They do a great job of promoting the work up there, and the exhibition catalog is helpful in that it lists all accepted artists, their addresses, websites and email addresses. Every time an artist wins an award, it’s a psychological boost – at least for me. I wanted to help financially, so that they could continue this show, because it meant a lot to so many people who needed it at the start of their careers as painters.
Tennant has appeared on the juried show seven times (1989, 1990 2002, 2010, 2014, 2017, and 2019).
In 2019, his painting “A Hard Working Man” received the $2,500 Beechmont First & Gold Medallion Award from ANEAW.
That same year, his painting “Elk Lake Sunrise” was featured on the 2019 ANEAW poster.
Tennant graduated from Cazenovia High School, where he studied with nationally acclaimed watercolourist Merrill A. Bailey (1909-1981).
After high school, Tennant continued his art education at Syracuse University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and a Master of Science in Art Education.
He then became a high school art teacher, teaching students at Bainbridge-Guilford High School in Chenango County for 32 years.
The artist has worked exclusively in gouache since 1979 and has been recognized as one of the most technically proficient artists working in this medium.
Tennant generally works from his own photographs. After establishing an image on the museum board, he begins to add paint – starting with the background and working towards the foreground. He also works from dark to light.
His 2010 book, “Realistic Painting” (Walter Foster Publishing) sold 35,000 copies, and his article “All About Gouache” was published in the August 2020 issue of “Watercolor Artist”.
Tennant’s works have appeared on book covers and in magazines, books, calendars, and limited edition prints.
His work has also been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country and is part of permanent museum collections, as well as private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad.
To learn more about Tennant and see his work, visit danielktennant.com.
For more information on VIEW, visit viewarts.org.