Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Osage Autumn

Osage Autumn
Acrylic on Panel
$495. custom framed
I have enjoyed recreating Native American artifacts for twenty seven years now. Painting the illusion of age and texture can be a great challenge and accomplishment. I admire their use of natural materials to make even everyday articles into works of art.
This painting depicts an Osage tribe's ceremonial gourd rattle and shell necklace. I tried a new type of painting surface called clayboard. It allowed me to achieve an incredible amount of fine detail, but was a real challenge to work with. It is a good thing that I've had a few years of practice!