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Montana Wild

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These 2 paintings will be on display at Montana WILD Outdoor Education Center, Helena, MT. to June 1st. Their website is http://fwp.mt.gov/education/.
It is a wonderful center with displays on the wildlife and fish of Montana. They are also a rehab center for injured birds and wildlife that they reintroduce back into the wild.

If interested in purchasing one of these paintings please contact me via email; cindy@crbart.com









Sandhill Cranes

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The subject matter of my paintings almost always include water and sky in some composition. Birds have been more an important part of my paintings mainly because they seems to natural fit so well. They are such a wonderful species. So fascinating to observe. They have such beautiful feather colors and patterns. I can’t say that I am an ornithologist but, I find myself picking up the binoculars and snapping photos on a more regular basis.






Here is a bit about the subjects of this latest painting, Sandhill Cranes.They mate for life, after going through an elaborate dancing display of stretched wings with pumping heads and leaping into the air. They usually nest in wetlands, feeding on the vegetation growing in standing water. The clutch size is 1-3 eggs, usually only one nestling typically survives to fledged. The crane is a symbol in Japan of longevity and good luck because it was thought to have a life span of a thousand years.





Studies

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What are you studying lately? For me it is clouds and scenes with water. I look at the light and how it plays on the various shapes in the scene. I work with in a warm or cool color palette. The small studies are the next step after sketches. By the 'study step', I have worked out the composition and colors to a point where I can make fairly quick work of the study. These studies then, end up looking fairly spontaneous. They can be a lot of fun. If they go well, these small pieces are transformed into larger pieces. My goal is to keep that same spontaneity in the large piece. I aim for the emotional qualities to be in the final artwork.






Yellowstone Art Museum Annual Art Auction 2019 (YAM)

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I am very pleased to announce that, the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, MT has accepted these two paintings into their Annual Art Auction 51 for 2019. More details of this event go to https://www.artmuseum.org/exhibition/art-auction-51/

January 25, 2019 - March 9, 2019

Every year, the Yellowstone Art Auction raises crucial support for the exhibitions and educational programs that the Yellowstone Art Museum presents to the community year-round.
This year, the YAM is proud to offer three wonderful and distinct events, all in conjunction with the Yellowstone Art Auction. January 25th will kick off the festivities with Cocktails & Quick Finish and Special One-Night-Only Silent Auction. That evening will feature 10 quick-draw artists, a one-night-only silent auction of approximately 40 works, entertainment and hors d’oeuvres.










Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year





Morph

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As artists we are constantly evolving in our work. The more I am feeling experimental and work with different media or subject matter the bigger changes I see. Somethings turn out satisfactory and some not so much. But what the heck. So far, when working in oils my main themes are still water and sky, lately, adding a third element which is waterfowl. The water element is the most important because it symbolizes life. It is a must for all living things. Sky is the spiritual element, looking into heaven and God reigning over all his creations. God being the alpha and the omega. The birds are the free element bringing the whole together, making a cohesive composition most figuratively.

'The things that we love tell us what we are.' 
St. Thomas Aquinas




Plans Change

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Starting out, I was going for a triptych. Well, plans changed as I went along. In essence it wasn’t a true triptych, but all the same, each painting stands on it’s own. Along with using my sketches and photos for reference I find that my imagination comes into play more and more. I will get this sort of dreamy image in my head and I start to sketch up that idea. These current paintings are a product of my methods and dreams.