Sterling 12″ x 24″ Kroma paint on canvas by Raven corvid chattering “Sterling, I have a question for you.” “What is it, Felix?” “Have you been looking in the studio window lately? “No, I haven’t.” “Well she captured you. Come see. You are too big to fit on the canvas. Haha. She’s got that right.” […]
I’ve been hanging out with ravens, both real and imaginary. Writing about them, sketching them, painting them. I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to share my wanderings with you in an exhibit of nineteen paintings at Well Street Gallery in February. Feathers & Brushstrokes
First Friday in February 5, 5-8 p.m. Come visit me at the opening 1304 Well Street Art Co, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Ravens outside my studio window have been entertaining me. Those mysterious yet obvious avians. Noble. Interesting. Raucous. Humorous. They are always up to something. Are they trying to communicate their mysteries to us with their caws and boings?
Have you heard them sound like a chain banging inside a pipe?
One of them perches on top of my tallest spindly spruce and seems to yell until I come outside and check on the ruckus. These winged wonders swoop, soar and play in the updrafts. I saw one raven carry a ribbon in it’s curved black beak. That willowy ribbon was at least three feet long. The raven swooped up and down making the ribbon dance in a twirl behind him. It seemed to entertain him as much as it did me.
And their feathers, those long black feathers act like prisms catching our winter light, shining with iridescence. What colors they have! It gives me a wonderful excuse to play with color, (as if I needed an excuse—ha!).
In the midst of my painting raven flurry, my treasured cranes flew overhead. Their prehistoric cackles caught my attention. I coaxed a few of them into my studio and they are included in this painting exhibit too.
The paintings will be patiently waiting for your visit in February. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It’s a quiet gallery; you can stroll through at your own pace. Contact me if you want me to meet you there. I’m always willing to talk about art and share the fun of painting. I would love to know what these paintings make you imagine.
Have you noticed paintings
open windows into Wild?
Here are a few selected paintings
and their story:
“Prince of the Arctic” Prince lumbered all the way down to…
“A Sanctuary of Calm” He had an idea for a surprise gift for his wife…
“Blue-clawed Claude” Claude left in the last week of May for…
“A Poets Homestead” He built the cabin on his homestead in 1947…
I tell you what has been drying on my easel in Studio Notes.
Studio Notes? It’s a short email you receive once a month (sometimes less often if I don’t put my paint brush down).
I share details of my explorations in paint. I hope it inspires you to be wild in your world.
Let’s celebrate Alaska’s wild together.
A professional artist and journal junkie who loves Alaska and is grateful to live in the middle of it with her husband, the falconer.
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Paintings and their story
A Sanctuary of Calm24″ x 24″Kroma paint on stretched canvas by Ravencommissioned painting He had an idea for a surprise gift for his wife. Their favorite spot. It was a collaboration of his photos and description of their home away from home that provided the inspiration. Do you have an idea for a painting? Let […]
September in Denali Park at 6:15 p.m. Colors dance to the music of sun shouting at the mountain before it sets. Wonder Lake is the place to be in autumn. Dancing with Denalipainting on canvas by Raven20″ x 20″sold