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The Seattle area experienced some record snowfall this season...we lost power for nearly a week, but that gave us an excuse to cozy up next to the fire, at least.
I experimented with Golden's interference colors for several of these small paintings...these colors "flip between a bright opalescent color and its complement" depending upon the angle at which they're viewed. That effect doesn't translate to a photograph, unfortunately - but I've really been loving it!
The farm we're on has tons of beavers that are always busily building dams in the streams that run through the land. When a flood comes, they take advantage of their good fortune and acquire lots of good, high-up branches that they usually don't have access to when the water's low. We have a chewed-off branch sitting on our window sill - the bite marks from the beavers are so smooth and polished, and the branch is really quite beautiful.
I'm finally catching up on photographing paintings that have been sitting in my studio for months and months. I've been super busy (in a good way!) and am really excited about some new painting projects that I've been working on...in the meantime, I'll continue to post some older paintings on the blog to get caught up here.
Some of the fields on our farm tend to flood, bringing in huge flocks of geese (and even some truly stunning swans). They've been great for references when I'm painting.
This painting is named after the Storyhill song (they make great music to paint to).
I've always loved bighorn sheep and used to be stationed by the bighorn exhibit back when I was a volunteer at ZooMontana. They move with the same agility of a cat - it's truly impressive to watch them hop from boulder to boulder.
If but for the span of a moment I swam in the aura of flame; I caught the rapt secret of being clothed by the Ineffable Name. And chastened with wonder and strengthened to meet life's beleaguering ills I went, like a bondman unfettered, adown from the heart of the hills. -from "The Heart of the Hills", Clinton Scollard
A client in Montana commissioned this portrait of her daughter's dog, Minnie. It was an interesting challenge, since it's a bit of a departure from my usual subject matter. It's always such an honor to be asked to create a piece of artwork for someone's family.