I’M A MOVIE STAR!!!

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February 13, 2018  I’m a movie star! Just kidding. Only in my dreams and in my self-produced short video of me creating a painting from start to finish in my studio. I chopped and edited considerably so the watching my process is significantly shorter – I don’t ask you to watch paint dry! (Well, maybe once.) The painting, titled Dawn Breaks on Pelican Lake, is one of the largest I have done at 24″ x 48″, across three silver shikishi boards. The concept was inspired by a photograph by good friend and artist Cheryl Ingberg and the accompanying music is Ode to Joy, played on guitar by my talented friend Marco Soliz. Since the painting is so large, if you have the chance to view the video and these photos on a larger screen than your phone, you will see much more detail.  

Here I want to share with you a little more about the concept, and how it evolved and changed. My friend Cheryl lives on a beautiful lake in northern Minnesota called Loon Lake.  She posted a stunning photo of an early morning complete with loons in the foreground.  Voila, perfect start for a painting.  I did a few small paintings (6 x 5 and 11 x 10) to work up colors and technique. I decided to paint the largest painting I have done to date – a triptych 24 x 48 that spans 3 silver shikishi boards. I took a photo of one of the sketches, loaded it into Photoshop and literally stretched it from its vertical format to a very horizontal image, and that is what I used to determine where the breaks would be (for each panel.)  Half way through the now VERY wet and large awkward painting I splashed brown paint in the sky.  AAAACCK.  Disaster, right? Well, I decided I would continue until the completed painting dried, remove the specks (lifting the paint back to silver background) and make them into stars in the early morning sky.  Then I decided that a few pelicans lifting off of the surface of the water would blend in nicely into the starry sky.  So Loon Lake turned into Pelican Lake with no turning back.  I am very excited by the result.  

Unfortunately, photography can’t capture the sheen of the silver in the lake or sky.  (It looks like white in the photos, but imagine shiny soft silver.)  I guess you will have to come see it in person.  It will end up in one of the galleries that represents me – stay tuned.  

Another closeup to show the (usually) intentional water marks I use in my paintings:

Here are the two smaller studies, giving you some scale for the large painting: 

Sale will benefit The Inner Pup

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The sale of these two paintings will help benefit the worthy non-profit The Inner Pup of New Orleans.  I became friends with co-founder Lindsay Goldring when she was the former executive director of the Animal Adoption Center in Jackson.  Please go to their website to read more about their important mission “…to end the cycle of abuse, neglect and over population in shelters by way of prevention programs.” 50% of the sale price of either will go directly to help them in their mission. Please contact me with any interest in purchasing either painting.

I like to share the stories and inspiration of my paintings.  Below you can read how each came about:

Winter Repose  image 16″x 24″, framed is 26″ x 34″  $3025 (donation to the Inner Pup would be $1513)

I was lucky enough to participate in the annual “swan roundup” that used to be held here in Jackson Hole.  Volunteer help was needed to round up Trumpeter Swans in a program carefully designed to help build the population; measuring, tagging, taking blood samples etc.  They are HUGE (about 4 feet tall!) and fairly docile once they are being held – on my lap!  I just loved the attitude of this one (it is immature, note the gray, not white, neck and head) and the lovely shape his/her bent neck created.  A painting simply had to be the result.  It is my “artistic license” that allows me to change the season from summer to winter. It is “all about” the swan so I eliminated the background.  I eliminated detail in the bird (only suggesting feathers in a few brushstrokes, and chose a striking color to accentuate the silhouette. The gently falling snowflakes happened when I was all done, I’m just sayin’…

Titles reflect how I am feeling, or how I hope the viewer feels.  Creating the painting is easier for me than giving it a title. My desktop widget says “repose” means PEACE:  peace and quiet, peacefulness, quietness, calm, or tranquility, and COMPOSURE: serenity, equanimity, poise, self-possession, aplomb.

Sleeping Indian Sunrise image 16″ x 12″, and framed is 23″ x 19″  $1825 (donation to the Inner Pup would be $913.) 

The Sleeping Indian is the elegant mountain rising over Jackson Hole to the east, in the Gros Ventre Mountain range. I think some visitors overlook its beauty and interesting skyline because they are transfixed by the Grand Teton. But I also think that secretly The Sleeping Indian is the locals’ favorite. For these colors to appear behind the mountain you know it is very early morning – sunrise. Anyone who has taken the early flight out of “the Hole” has seen this and taken the memory home with them as well.

The Art of Saving Landscapes, Raptors and Rescuing Dogs

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December 6, 2017    This Christmas my wish is to give back to my community.  Please click here to read my most recent newsletter to find out more.  I would love to hear from you if you are interested in any of the following paintings I have chosen to help my favorite non-profits:  the Animal Adoption Center, the Teton Raptor Center and the Jackson Hole Land Trust.

Sleeping Indian Sunrise  
A Grand Skyline

 

Monday Morning Breakfast Group, Quietude, A Joyful Noise

 

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