Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Michigan Moraine

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Michigan Moraine

42” x 72” (106.7cm x 182.9cm) acrylic on Masonite®

Since I’ve been unable to spend as much time as usual in the studio this month I’m posting a few paintings done some years ago. This was done as a commission and is currently on exhibit in the lobby of the Ganton Art Gallery at Spring Arbor University. Farmers in Michigan often plow up large stones and boulders left by the receding glaciers thousands of years ago and pile them along the fence rows of their fields.

A moraine is the mass of earth and rock left at the front and edges of the glacier as it advanced. Michigan was once covered by large glaciers that left the rocks and debris in the planes that later became the farmland here in Michigan. This painting shows a valley of such stones. I’ve been intrigued by these “Moraines” and decided to make this a painting about that phenomenon. It gave me an opportunity to show the beauty of the natural landscape and also the beauty and texture of the stones and boulders deposited by glaciers.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bull Elk Gathering His Harem

 Bull Elk and Cow in Yellowstone During Rutting Season in September
14" x 18" (35.6 cm x 45.7 cm) original acrylic on gessoed board
This painting is currently not available for sale, however it may soon be available in Giclee limited edition print form.

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At the beginning of rutting season in Yellowstone this bull elk is gathering his harem. Here in the evening we came upon this young elk cow and were so close we could hear her breathing and chewing as the great bull eyes us from across the stream. Evening is a magical time as the light plays tricks on our vision. We see the cool tones of the forest in the background and the golden tones of the meadow in the foreground. Both warm and cool colors are reflected in the bodies of the elk sharply defining them at first then almost causing them to disappear into the shadows as the sun continues to set.

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