|A tiny excerpt of "Riding Hood's Heart"|
I wanted to do more, using the same palate I am in love with from Riding Hood's Heart, the very same paints I scavenged from the bucket of left overs at 317, when I was worried about covering all that large glass. The paints that the late Tom Littrell left behind and that we in the 317 Artist Collective utilize when an emergency of scarce color arises. I wanted to keep using Tom's paints. It felt sacred to me.
I wanted to paint more strength, and in my search for strong characters I remembered Valkyries. The name Valkyrie translates to choosers of the slain. They ride into war and choose who will be whisked off to Valhalla. They are feared and revered, they are the companions of heros, it felt right. So - I painted the "Ride of the Valkyrie"
|A tiny excerpt of "Ride of the Valkyrie"|
At this point, I didn't mean to be reusing the word "Ride" but then it seemed like I needed a third. "Rider on the Storm" was the title that came before the painting. A lone captain in her boat, she's tiny among the landscape and steadfast in her resolve in her travels and adventures.
|A tiny excerpt of "Rider on the Storm"|
I love each of these paintings very much. They ended up on the canvas exactly as they were in my head and I'm thrilled to show them this Fall at Art Scene.
If you'd like to come see (or BUY!) the whole of these paintings, not just a tiny excerpt come down to, 317 Studio & Gallery at 317 Market St. Rockford, IL, tomorrow or Saturday Night and then wander around the corner to see the temporary window mural that inspired the paintings.
FRESHWATER MERMAIDS of NORTH AMERICA (22"x28" framed print) will also be at 317 Studio & Gallery for Fall Art Scene. There are only 3 unframed signed and numbered prints left ($40.00) and there will be 11 posters ($18.00) for sale of the same. So if you need a thing for the wall of your ice fishing shack... come get your poster this weekend.