Hail to the Chiefs
On Day 13 of my 18 Day Painting Challenge, the prompt was someone who died over 100 years ago. As I knew the prompts that were going into the hat for this challenge - I was the one who wrote them down on tiny slips of paper - I would spent time at my iPad searching personalities from the distant past and seeing what kind of photographic portraits were available. Several ended up in my "Future" folder, the Dropbox location where I save all inspirational images and futures commissions, including names like Andrew Carnegie, Nikola Tesla (who I ended up painting as part of this challenge already), and Chief Sitting Bull.
I spent hours with another portrait of Sitting Bull during a trip we took to Arizona a few years ago.
All I had with me were a few pens and pencils, along with my little black sketch book. Perhaps it was this conneciton that drew me back. Maybe it was the look in his eyes?
I went out into the studio at about 7:30 am and sketched out his facial features on a 16" x 20" canvas, then started painting at 8:00 am. This is what happened in the next hour.
I worked on the details and colour balance for a couple more hours before painting the sides of the canvas (something I do for every piece that I create) and signing.
|Chief Dan George|
|Chief Joseph of Nez Perce|
|Chief Red Cloud|
|Chief Dan George|
|Chief Jim Bouchier|
As you can see, I have done several portraits of chiefs in the past, including our very own Chief Boucher as part of this challenge. But it had been very long since I did one of the brave leaders from the distant past. It is fascinating to see how my style has changed.
|Chief Sitting Bull, 16" x 20", acrylic on canvas|
You could buy the painting outright for its regular price ($500 + gst), or take your chances and wait to see if it lands in the online auction that will take place next week, at the conclusion of my 18 Day Painting Challenge. I'm easy to find via my Russell Thomas Art Facebook page or by email: email@example.com.
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