A Painting a Day

This slide show highlights roughly 100 small daily painting studies, ranging in size from 6×6 in. to 11×14 inches. Each of these paintings was completed in a single session that spanned from 1-4 hours, which often included a break for lunch.  Between the years 2006 and 2014, I devoted my time to striving to paint one small painting each day, which ended up being on average five paintings each week.  The intention was to explore new subject matter possibilities, hone my painting skills and challenge myself with attempting to reveal extraordinary painterly elements within simple, often mundane objects.  This slide show includes my favorite pieces from what I have chronicled.  In recent years, I’ve been spending more time working on larger pieces, and once and a while will explore a few small daily studies as precursors to the larger paintings.


  • Artist-Paintbrush-10-x8-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Apple-Pyramid-8x8-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • Antique-Key-5x7-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Antique-Gold-Lighter-6-x6-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Alarm-Clock-10x8-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Advocado-8x8-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II2

  • Creamer-8-inches-by-8-inches-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • County-Cork-1-Ireland-8x10-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Clarinet-9x12-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Christmas-Bulb-on-Book-8x8-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Chinatown-Toronto-9x12-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Chestnuts-8x8-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Cherries-in-a-Silver-Bowl-8x8-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • Cellular-Phone-6x6-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Cantaloupe-8x10-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II2

  • Candied-Apples-10x8-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Cadmium-Yellow-Tube-6x6-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • Bumblebee-1-5x6-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Bronze-Creamer-7x5-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Bristle-Brush-7x5-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • Bottle-cap-5x7-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Blueberries-2-6x6-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Beer-Mug-1-10x8-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • Baseball-8-6x6-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • Ballet-Slippers-4-8x10-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Baby-In-Womb-8-x8-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • Ladybug-8x8-in.-Original-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Kiwi-2-6x6-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II2

  • Kit-kat-6x6-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II4

  • Key-6x6-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Japanesse-Bettle-6x6-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Jack-8x10-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Ipod-6x6-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Hotdog-Stand-NYC-10x8-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • High-Ball-6x6-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Hammer-8x10-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Green-Pepper-6x6-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Green-Grapes-5x7-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • Football-1-10x8-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Fig-6x6-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • Equilibrium-6x6-in.-Oil-on-panel1

  • English-Pound-6x6-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Doorknob-8x8-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Door-knocker-7x5-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Deadbolt-6x6-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Croissant-on-Plate-8x10-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Pocket-Watch-with-Book-of-Dante-8x8-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Pinball-1-6x6-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Peppermint-Candy-2-5x7-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II4

  • Pentax-Camera-8x10-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Pennies-1-6x6-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Peanut-Butter-and-Jelly-8x10-in.-1-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Peach-Slice-8x8-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Opera-Glasses-8x-10-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Neccos-7x5-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Nautilus-Seashell-Australia-Ocean-5-x7-Original-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Milkweed-7x5-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • McDonald-s-Egg-McMuffin-8x8-Oil-on-panel-By-Hall-Groat-II1

  • Matter-Hatter-7x5-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II2

  • Martini-10x8-in.-Oil-on-panel-Hall-Groat-II

  • Marbles-6x6-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Machine-Gun-Bullet-7x5-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • MMs-5x7-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II3

  • Linseed-Oil-6x6-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Lifesavers-7x5-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II5

  • Leaf-8x8-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Three-Lollipops-7x5-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II3

  • Thomas-English-Muffins-with-Jelly-and-Butter-on-Plate-8x10-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • Tennis-Ball-6x6-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Tangerines-with-Tangerine-Tree-Branches-8x8-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • SUSHI-Original-Oil-Painting-8-x8-Oil-HALL-GROAT1

  • Starburst-7x5-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II4

  • Sliced-Lemon-8x10-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Skittles-7x5-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II4

  • Shell-and-Leaf-with-Pocket-watch-6-x6-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • Shell-6x6-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Scallop-Seashell-Florida-Seashore-5-x7-Original-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Salt-6x6-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Sable-Paintbrush-7x5-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • Ring-of-Kerry-Stream-Ireland-8-10-in.-Original-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Rembrandt-Cadmium-Yellow-7x5-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • Red-Bartlett-Pear-7x5-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Razor-Blade-Artist-and-Tattoo-Body-Tools-6-x6-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Radishes-2-8x8-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Quarters-6x6-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Pocket-watch-with-Candle-10x8-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • 100-Dollars-6x6-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • 5th-Avenue-New-York-City-12x9-in.Original-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • 1st-Avenue-New-York-City-Manhattan-Original-Oil-Painting-8x10-HALL-GROAT-II2

  • York-Peppermint-Patti-10x8-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II3

  • Wrench-8x8-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • World-War-II-Dagger-8x10-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Wonka-Bar-6x6-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II5

  • Wishbone-6x6-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Wine-and-Cheese-8x10-in.-Original-Oil-on-canvas-painting-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • White-Rose-1-8x10-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • Whisle-5x6-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Whisky-Flask-1-6x6-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Whiskey-with-Cigar-II-8-x10-in.-Original-Oil-on-canvas-painting-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Watermelon-1-8x8-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Violet-Hollyhock-6x6-in.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II1

  • US-Capitol-8x10-in-.-Oil-on-canvas-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Two-Marbles-6x6-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II

  • Twix-8x8-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II5

  • Tictacs-7x5-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II5

  • Three-Tangerines-on-Blue-Cloth-8x10-in.-Oil-on-panel-by-Hall-Groat-II


Daily Painting in the New Millennium

Painting a Day

The tradition of “daily painting” began long before modern day oil paint was invented, and many speculate that the first paintings were created 32,000 years ago within the cave walls of Grotte Chauvet in France. These early paintings depicted men hunting animals and were conceived using natural Red ochre pigments that were dug from the earth. Painting as an expressive art medium has been embraced and revered by millions of people throughout the centuries as a form of visual communication intended to be physically experienced. If the theatrical culture of Ancient Greece only knew that we modern day people now watch drama on televisions, computers and Ipods, what would they say?  In what ways have these new digital mediums altered the expressive nature and message of traditional theater?

The new millennium has brought with it an exponential growth in cutting edge Internet technologies, such as the blog, message board and video sharing web sites that have required people to learn how to communicate with one another in new and challenging ways. American artist, Duane Keiser, in 2004 was one of the first to chronicle the tradition of “daily painting” and the creative process within the context of the blogosphere for people to experience and learn from globally. This innovation inspired thousands of other artists to do the same, which has lead to the emergence of what may be deemed as a cyberspace culture of artists that embrace fine art painting.

What is daily painting? For many artists it is the discipline of completing a single painting each day in solitude, away from the confusion of life. The painter must designate a time daily time to complete the painting, and often is unable to wait for that ideal moment of inspiration. It’s an essential time each day that the painter both embraces and savors. Many regard it as a meditative “expression of the moment” and enlightenment. Others regard the completion of the painting in a single session as a means of chronicling their spiritual diary. The ensō.  Then there are those who perceive it as an artistic obsession or welcomed daily struggle that forces them to complete a painting to be placed into a virtual exhibition. Why does this motivate artists? There exist various reasons, and perhaps the desire to be socially interconnected with like-minded artists and art connoisseurs from diverse backgrounds and cultures is one rationale. Indeed, the daily painter craves admiration for their work, to mature as an artist through honing their skills, and maybe even to learn from studying and reading about other’s paintings archived on blogs.

It is undeniable that there exists a new and refreshing sense of ethos among painters.  The art museum, gallery, and critic are of less concern to the painter who independently exhibits their work daily to a global audience, for it is the digital facsimile of the painting that is free to speak in diverse tongues—cross-culturally on its own, independent of an overarching political machine, as in a gallery or a museum. Painters are now able to discuss their work with others residing clear across the world, and have developed extensive e-mail lists that enable them to both expose and teach people about art through sharing images and their personal written commentaries on a regular basis. Quite often the people who receive the daily images are geographically or socially marginalized, and have never been granted the opportunity to learn about art or cross paths with an artist. This also holds true for the beginning artist in many instances, especially the ones who reside within countries that impose restrictions on the public exhibition of art.

The painting and the creative act are being digitized and presented together as one to divergent cultures. May it be that creativity is now being channeled into a more holistic expressive art form that has been set free?  The modern day “blog,” coupled with video sharing technologies has broadened the tradition of painting into a new communicative virtual reality world. Cyberspace is rapidly evolving and the potential social ramifications are not completely understood. What we do know however is that artists are strategically working together globally to use these new technologies in a manner that is promoting constructive dialogue about art and life. The conversations about paintings are “building new bridges through breaking boundaries,” and perhaps these dialogues will inspire others to join in the mystical healing nature of painting.

At this point there exist several on-line organizations that collectively exhibit the work by daily painters, and also serve as platforms for discussion. These include,Dailypainters, The Artist Network Forum, Daily Artist, Daily Painters Community, Daily Painter’s Guild and Daily Paintworks. Dailypainters, the largest of these organizations, was the first to curate an exhibition revolving around a central theme.  Artists painted and wrote about their perceptions of the natural environment, and many were instrumental in eliciting meaningful global discussion regarding the current state of the earth.

The paintings being produced by the artists affiliated with these networks are prolific, reflecting the current pluralistic tone of the art world.  The predominant mood of expression, however, is rooted in ala-prima representational painting that strives to reveal the extraordinary within ordinary daily life.  The work is often both humble in nature and scale, reflecting the genuine perception of the artist. Aesthetics, along mastery of craft and truth of form and idea are tenets that daily painters seem to embrace.  The work certainly does not echo the shortsighted and often disingenuous nature of contemporary shock and sensationalist art that is directed towards provoking political debate.

It is without question that the daily painting Internet phenomenon or “social movement” has touched the lives of thousands internationally, and is currently challenging the viewpoints of conventional artistic establishments. It is both liberating the painter and democratizing the manner in which art is exhibited and being deemed critically noteworthy. A global view of fine art painting is emerging at a time in history when we must reevaluate the infrastructures of our societies.

Perhaps, what Albert Boime, Art Historian, University of California, Los Angeles expresses is now emerging?  Boime states, “An understanding of imagery will show that we are not yet too fallen and depraved to be able to reform the world in the name of suffering humanity.

Hall Groat II,
Professor and Chairperson
Art and Design Department
SUNY Broome Community College




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