Western Spirit Art Show

The Western Spirit Art Show at the Old West Museum in Cheyenne opened last weekend. The 33rd annual show features over 100 western artists from across the country. The show will run from March 1 through April 13, 2014.

Two of my paintings as shown below are included.

Cottonwood Gates  22" x 18"  oil on canvas  2010
Cottonwood Gates 22″ x 18″ oil on canvas
High Solstice  14" x 18"   oil on canvas panel   2010
High Solstice 14″ x 18″ oil on canvas panel

Black River Kids

I began this painting three summers ago, working from a black and white photo that kind of haunted me. It was from my family collection (circa 1920-1960), one of a number of images of people on their days off relaxing on shimmering waters in northern Wisconsin. Working from a small b&w photo, reinterpreting its content and ephemeral qualities onto a 5′ x 4′ canvas– using natural but subjective color, was a larger challenge than I had expected. There was trial and error until it felt right, I got measurably better as I went along.

I like to work in the season of my subject, in this painting it’s lazy, high summer, so at summer’s end the painting would be put to bed for that year. Progress on a large painting can go on and on, kind of like an endless summer day that keeps changing with the light… I thought for awhile that it might never be done, but it finally kind of finished itself.

Now on to the second in this series, “The Gentlemen on the River.”