I've added some information to my website about how I go about creating a small format painting. From using a grid to transfer a digital "sketch" or actual drawing to the painting surface, to dealing with less than stellar photo references, it will give you some insight into the process. Click here.
This is the final version of the Lake Clark National Park residency project. I've given 2 well received slide show based talks to local groups about the Lake Clark experience and art in the service of wilderness advocacy. Another discussion is coming up for the Artist's Blend group, it will be a casual review of my experience in park based art residencies. Join us at the Blend in Key Center on April 3rd. I'm happy to share my experiences in some of the most wild and beautiful landscapes America has to offer, give me a shout if you'd like to schedule a slide show.
Here's a short video of images taken during my art residency in Lake Clark NP, late July, 2017. The last shot shows the poster I created for the park. What a great experience it's been to visit this spectacular landscape and to learn about the the local inhabitants, human and otherwise. Enjoy!
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The park folks chose sketch #3 to develop further. Not all the paintings are finished but making progress! Layout adjustments for balance and text proofing will happen after all the paintings are completed. I haven't decided whether or not to add more dimension (value suggesting terrain) to the topography map background but leaning against it for simplicity sake. What do you think?
It’s a busy time in the studio. I can’t show you much of the new work since it's commissions, but I’m making some good progress on the Lake Clark project. This is a poster size design (24x36"), intended to serve multiple uses. The goal of the illustration is to use Dena’ina and English place names in the Twin Lakes valley to link historical and modern human use with the incredible landscape and wildlife of the region. These are the first sketches… which one would you choose to develop further?
THE SALMON ARE COMING! Have you seen them? Don’t miss out on our own local natural wonder, check out Donkey Creek and other local streams. Learn more with Harbor WildWatch. Around here the salmon don’t migrate very far, they’re lucky to make it past human obstacles of culverts and drains. The Sockeye salmon of Alaska’s Bristol Bay drainage traverse thousands of treacherous miles up river to spawn in Lake Clark where I spent my summer art residency. We took a skiff down lake past the village of Nondalton where lake water drains into the Newhalen River to check out the indigenous (Dena’ina) and NPS fish camps. If you were Dena’ina you would know that the salmon are both Thanksgiving and Christmas all at once since it’s these fish that will sustain you most of the year. If you lived a subsistence lifestyle you would know how important it is that the salmon are coming. You would gather your family on the shoreline for harvest and communion as all your relatives have done before you. You wo...
The soft smudgy-ness of mist is hard for me to paint in acrylic but here's a first attempt, can you feel just a touch of the breeze? I learned that one way to tell a bears size from afar is to note how much their ears stand out from their head. Their thick teddy bear ruff develops as they mature making their ears look smaller. When you get close they all look big, hello mama, enjoy your lunch.
I found this great video by Bob Smith <@bobsmithimages>, taken during the photographers workshop I overlapped with at Silver Salmon. The aerials give a really nice overview, enjoy!
So I’m gonna say it right now, I am not a photographer. Note serious photography gear vs. my new, somewhat zoomy point and shoot. I am a snap shooter not a sharp shooter. My photos are taken on the fly, no set up, just snap and go. Mostly they’re more movies than stills, but good enough to paint from and always they’re helpful for remembering a busy day. Occasionally, just by sheer volume of shots taken, I come up with a really nice image. It's a good thing I paint :)