Friday, June 13, 2014

Desert Rose

Watercolor on Aquaboard
8" x 8"
$350 + shipping
This is a new painting that is a favorite of mine right now.  It was hard to paint, but that is mostly because this specially created watercolor panel is challenging to work with.
It is a simple composition with simple elements to it.  All the objects in it are old or ancient, except for the cactus blossom, which could have been picked this morning.  The old and new--a constant that is threaded through our lives.

"Into the Deep Blue" - The lost Paddle

Acrylic on Panel
12" x 8"
I am not sure where to start describing all that I feel with this painting.  It is a continuation of a theme that I did four paintings for in 2011 and 2012.

I have always been intrigued by the Northwest Coastal tribes and their myths and superstitions.

While doing this painting I imagined these brave tribal members cutting down a huge cedar tree, hollowing it out and dragging it to the water's edge.  They would paddle out into the open ocean to hunt whales and fish, all the while truly believing that these mythical creatures lurked in the dark waters below.  Now, I know the childhood fears I had living near deep lakes in Montana.  Those were horrible enough and I didn't even have terrifying masks to go along with my visuals!

This was a very challenging painting to do.  Halfway through it I was wishing that I had never started it.  Three fourths of the way through I told myself to slow down and make careful choices because it was turning out so well.  I can safely say that I have never seen a painting created with this particular theme before.  And it may be my one and only.