Finally complete after almost three years of stops and starts, mostly waiting on decisions from Kauffman and the placement of over two hundred (?) individuals, I finally get to see the piece all together. After all these months I was never able to see more than six 48x48" panels on a makeshift easel because of the limited size of my studio. Now, with a digital capture just under two GBites - I can see it turned out pretty much like my initial color study. Now, to process and create a full size print for installation on site in Kansas City.
This little painting suggests a new direction for me. Instead of worrying about "over-designing" the natural elements as I have for all these years; bending a limb to create a curve I want or setting up a dead-fall to complete a diagonal. I am not apologizing any more! I am going full bore in the direction of making these organic elements do as I need them to do! Perhaps it will make a pleasing and fun scene, not meant to be realistic, but tell a story... In this case, celebrating the return of Black Bears to Missouri.