Monday, January 6, 2014

Ladies' Night Out

"Ladies' Night Out" 72"w x 36"h, Sivertson Gallery, Grand Marais, MN
Since I was working on painting a new bird recently, the female cardinal, I thought it would be fitting to work them into a large scale piece. I've been enjoying night paintings lately, and so the two subjects were combined in this painting titled Ladies' Night Out. This painting was on the easel for quite some time, as I was not only working out the composition, but due to the sheer size of canvas, it just took thousands of brush strokes. This piece features birches with a blue undertone to go with the night lighting, and the foreground is also well lit, as obviously in a true night landscape you wouldn't be able to see the birds very well. But these ladies are all dressed up and up to no good, no doubt. They are probably talking about those silly bright red male cardinals, or they're just enjoying the moon sparkling in the sky and shimmering on the lake. There are some other subtle elements in the distance as well ... blue spruce rise above a rocky shoreline on a quiet lake somewhere north of here ... well, maybe not too quiet, with all these ladies perched amongst the birches ... ;)

Please contact Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais, MN for more information on this painting.

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