After some back and forth emails, Roger call me I told him I wasn't going to donate a print. I waited just long enough to hear the disappointment in his voice. That's when I told him, I'm going to donate an original. Needless to say he was very excited about this. Then I told him the rest. After discussing this with my wife we agreed to not only donate the original but also for one year anyone who bought a print of the original painting. I would donate 50% of the proceeds to the family too. On the phone I could tell that this touched Roger deeply.
At first I was thinking of doing a painting a little larger then what I have been painting. I've been doing paintings on board any where between 8x10 and 16x20. I spent some time looking around my various art stores looking what they had in pre-gessoed boards but I wasn't happy with what I found. So I started looking at canvas. Finally I settled on a 18x24 canvas. But when I brought it back to the studio it just didn't look all that impressive, even after i did the initial layout on it. I did have these three canvas sitting in the corner of my studio but they were much bigger then I felt comfortable working on. They were 30x40 inches. But they just kept nagging at me to go for it. So I did. I took the 18x24 off my easel and made room for the much larger canvas and started over.
|Pencil rough in. Notice the Horizontal and Vertical Golden Mean|
|Pen and Ink stage|
- Roughing in and Inking
|Under painting with a bit of green added|
- Under Painting
|Sky done and working on the Mountain|
- Top Down Back to Front
|Mountain is done and I'm working on the Trees and the Wolf|
- Mid Ground
|Done and signed|
- Fore Ground
|Here is the finished scan|
|This is the Flyer for the Auction|