Spring in the Indian Peaks

cdiivide Twice a year my favorite art shop has awesome sales. I came across this huge 24×48 canvass about 2.5 years ago and it was a bit of an impulse buy. It’s not very often that you find a canvass this big for under $50.

Buy now, find inspiration later.

This canvass has seen 3 different starts. First it was going to be the golden gate bridge as a gift for someone. Then I realized that was stupid and gessoed over it. Then I started a black and white piece of snowboarders hiking a ridge at silverton. That sat for almost a year and a half before I broke out the gesso again.

I found my final inspiration after completing Indian Peaks Campsite. I really liked the simplistic, almost cartoon-esque feeling, that small piece had. I decided that I wanted to do a bigger version like that and really push myself out of my usual aesthetic. I tend to do very detailed, realistic pieces– usually working too close to the canvass. But with this large of a canvass I couldn’t allow myself to do that. I wanted to focus on brush strokes and movement in this piece and not get caught up in the fine details. It was more about the journey and less about the destination. Now I just need to find wall space big enough to hold it.

Third time’s the charm.

Spring in the Indian Peaks. 2015. acrylic on canvass. 24×48

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