My First Released Painting – Yellowstone on Fire

I’ve been working on this for a small eternity, and I am happy to finally release it. It turned out to be a much different experience than I ever imagined.

The work is just below, and under that are a few zoom-in details of various areas, in case you have further interest.

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More about the work

Since seeing a painting over the internet is sort of difficult, I have a few zoom-in shots, both directly overhead and from the side with a 50mm prime, in case you are interested in the details.

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My goal was to deliver the feeling of a fire and a sunset, one in the same


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I think all the blues turned out really well. I was inspired by, among others, the work of Clyde Aspevig.


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I found the water very hard to perfect. I remixed my paint about 100 times before I got deep colors


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I did my best to make the edge clouds a mix of fire, clouds, and smoke


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This signatures ensures that it will be worth more when I am dead


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I repainted the transition clouds time and time again until they felt right. Half my life, it seems, is spent staring at clouds. I did my best to show various layers of clouds in the atmosphere — from the high, wispy, icy clouds to the low, full, clouds of tumult.


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The canvas gave everything a nice texture… feels and looks good close up and far away


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I kept trying not to sing “Happy Little Trees” during this bit


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This was one of my favorite bits of the work – it came more easily than the rest


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