Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"Scarlet Foothills" 9x12 acrylic

I knew when I shot the reference photos for this landscape it was going to be a challenge to paint. Reds and greens slapped together haphazardly tend to look like a cartoon or a really bad Christmas card, so the main obstacle was to keep the hues muted except for a few slashes of brilliant red. Now that I've completed it, I wish I'd have started on a larger support. None-the-less, I'm pleased with the result. Originally, I wasn't sure if there was going to be a grizzly or a small herd of elk in the painting... or maybe nothing at all. At the last minute, I opted for a bull moose. He looks at home.


Cher' Shots said...

Excellent! Did you take the photo in Alaska? I used to live up there and it sure took me back home.Your work reminds me a lot of Carl Brenders; whom happens to be one of my favorite artists.
I was directed to your blog by my cousin Dean Bortz. So we may be related?!

Jim Bortz said...

Hi Cher',
The reference material for this painting was shot in Grand Teton Park in Wyoming. I have yet to make it to Alaska, but it's on my list of places to go soon! Thank you for the kind words.
For your sake, if we are related, I hope you don't look like me (or Dean for that matter!). HA!