egg tempera painting eight birds in moonlight by Daniel Ambrose
Eight for a Wish, egg tempera, 24 x 36 in.

Florida artist Daniel Ambrose’s egg tempera paintings will be exhibited at the Hughes Gallery in Boca Grande, Florida, through May 2019.  Two ‘Meet the Artist’ events were scheduled, one in  mid-January and one in early February.

One for Sorrow  and Eight for a Wish continue the series of ten egg tempera paintings Ambrose began several years ago after the death of his grandmother. Both are included in the exhibition.

Inspired by an old English nursery rhyme that begins with One for Sorrow and ends with Ten for a Bird…, Ambrose said “I don’t know why I chose birds for the series. Perhaps because they fascinate me, such ethereal creatures. Maybe through them I am trying to convey my grandma’s lively spirit. I painted the series not in numerical but inspirational sequence. Each one coming when a sudden image appeared in my mind for a certain number.” 

Created from memory and imagination, Eight for a Wish is a large egg tempera at 24 x 36 inches, and sings in myriad luminous hues. Ambrose said the work is “a liberating leap forward in my lifelong quest for authentic artistic expression.” The painting sold in three weeks.

Five for Silver was the first painting he completed for the series. Six of the One for Sorrow… paintings have now been sold, One for Sorrow is exhibited at the Hughes Gallery, and Ambrose is working to bring the remaining three to life. 

The serene landscape paintings of Daniel Ambrose capture the environmental treasures unique to the South and are renowned for their extraordinary luminosity and power to evoke a sense of place. His professional career spans more than 25 years.

The Hughes Gallery is located at 333 Park Avenue, Boca Grande, FL.  For more information contact the gallery at or 941-964-4273.

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