For those who grew up reading "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery or who watched the movie or tv show, I painted this for us.
When we have the AR ready to attach to the painting, you'll be able to download an app and watch the artwork go through all those motions. Which I am really excited about! But in the meantime, you can watch me paint the entire painting in a time lapse video on my new YouTube Channel.
Recently, I've been creating quite a few time lapse videos of my artwork. So many people enjoy watching the time lapse videos that I've finally decided to create a YouTube channel as a specific place to share these.
Many of these will be 4 or 5 minutes videos that show the art taking place, with my hands doing the work edited out. So you will just get to watch the art "magically" appear on your screen in front of you.
As I grow, maybe we'll vary the format. I used to teach painting with acrylics, and I love seeing other folks develop their art skill and ability. So we'll see how it goes, but for now, I am getting to upload all those time lapse videos that are already done. So check it out! Come join me. And share with me what you'd like to see. I want to hear!
The mural of Picasso, the gorgeous mustang of northwestern Colorado, is complete!
My signature went on Friday afternoon.
We've been taking a time-lapse video of this piece because it is of such high interest to the local community, as well as to the online groups who follow the wild horses, and who have loved the mustang known as "Picasso" for years.
It is so fitting that he would be memorialized in Golden, Colorado.
Many thanks to the city of Golden and Todd and August Miller (the owners of the building) for making this amazing mural possible. And huge thanks to Scott Wilson, of WilsonAxpePhotography for the use of his incredible photo capture of Picasso. We have also released a video time-lapse of the mural coming together.
On the cold days, when I couldn't work on the mural (paint adhesion is not prime during temperatures below 50 degrees), I worked on a few images that I could do swiftly in a short video time lapse. One of these was "Mesmerized", shown above. A tiger's stare. Animals are one of my favorite things to paint, and this predator's brilliant fur was purrrrfect for brightening up the chilly autumn day.
The following day, I worked on "Drifter", a lone wolf in the snow. There are few things so lovely as the majestic wolves of North America.
Both images will be posted soon to my Gallery page. And time lapses will be shared as soon as they are edited. It's fun to see the art come together, even if not exactly in real time.
And a post about the completed Picasso mural will be coming soon! Yay!
Recently, I had the pleasure of connecting with an incredibly gifted Denver photographer by the name of Scott Wilson. Scott has captured many amazing photos of the iconic Colorado mustang, Picasso. You've probably seen his work before, but if not, let me direct you to his website, wilsonaxpe.com. There you will find many inspiring images, including the picture that I am using for my painting above, called "Picasso: Spirit of the West".
Not only was I given permission by Scott to paint this beautiful image of one of Colorado's most well-known Sand Wash Basin mustangs, but I also get to recreate it as a mural along the main street of Golden, Colorado. This work will begin this month! I'm so excited. And to bring the incredible horse alive, I thought it would be neat to have him appear as though he is leaping out of the image from the building. Something like this:
So stay tuned, because this work begins next week. And if you're driving past on Washington Street as I work on it, feel free to honk and I'll wave back to say "Hi".
In the hopes of honoring the Native American tribe that once dwelt in this place I now call home, I came up with this concept utilizing the flora and fauna of this area of Colorado, and a Native American symbol for the Great Spirit. Locals will probably recognize prairie sunflowers, blue spruce and aspen leaves. Birdwatchers will be able to pick out a Western Tanager, Chickadee and Cedar Waxwing. Even the feathers I used for the smudge feathers were painted using references from local bird life.
I always love painting animals, but the added symbology made the creation of this painting an absolute joy. May we all pray for healing for our land.
This painting will be on display and available for sale at local Golden gallery, Wings of Eagles, this coming Saturday (September 19th), from 10 to 4. I will be set up outside, live painting a similar piece, based on the Wintu Tribe of Northern California.
The prairie sunflowers are in full bloom here in Colorado, and sometimes a quick, bright painting is so happiness inducing! A time-lapse of this painting being created will soon be available, but in the meantime, I thought I'd show off the final piece. It makes me happy. I hope it makes you happy, too!
I've had an itch to do overly saturated American Buffalo for a while now. Finally got it out of my system. My bet's on the guy on the left. He has a very determined look in his eye.
My guess is that every artist has a favorite kind of trope or subject matter that they run to as something that is easy and enjoyable. For me, that's my Native ponies.
There's something serene to me in them just...being: an idealistic moment in a make-believe world, where native horses with feather and war paint prance around in early morning light or in overly bright sunsets.
No, as far as I know, I have no Native American blood personally. But my husband claims Cherokee, on both sides in his family and therefore, I hope I have a small claim in loving Native American culture and art.
In fact, let me plug a wonderful little store in my town called "Wings of Eagles", which sells almost primarily Native made art by skilled Native artisans. Here's their site: https://wings-of-eagles.business.site
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