Here's the completed Veterans Memorial Park Band Shell Mural. The RFP called for only a new image in the shell, but I decided to also add in the arches and the wing walls as part of my proposal. It was an amazing transformation of the space to make the former faded dark brown arches over into red-white-&-blue. The band shell now appears larger than it did and it is highly visible from across the park and the nearby roadways. In this photo the performers on stage are the US Air Force Brass In Blues. The early evening performance caught the band shell in the setting sunlight cast upon the historic cathedral image on the right side of the shell.
USAF Brass In Blues performance on stage in front of the newly completed band shell mural. The band was great and the singer was fantastic! The performance was a collection of American compositions from Ragtime through the Big Band Era.
Here is the band shell project at Day Eight of painting (not counting the three days of prep work to get the surface ready.)
A close-up photo of the capitol dome. The forms are simplified to facilitate "reading" the imagery from a considerable distance across the park and from the surrounding streets---which is what the Call For Proposals specified.
This photo gives some idea of just how big this band shell is. The scissor lift is extended to it's full height so Nathan can reach the outer most arches to apply the blue paint.
This photo captures the effect of the setting sun on the cathedral image in the band shell. Note the capitol dome image in the shadow. In my original proposal for the project, I'd stated that quality of light and its effect on the mural was something I considered when I opted to do the work in a gray scale. I'd also opted for the gray scale because one of the requirements of the project was that the imagery below the band shell wainscot walls be "neutral" so as not to visually interfere with performers on stage. The cathedral image was not completed as of this photo.
WELCOME to "ARTiculations - Making Art, Making a Life"
I'm glad you stopped by today! My name is C.S. Poppenga and I've been making art since 1965 and making a living at it since 1997. I live in the middle of Montana and that means plenty of solitude in which to work. It also means plenty of solitude. So I really am glad you're here. Take a moment to look, read, maybe even leave a comment or two. Questions are welcome too. Heck, I might even answer them, so stop by again to continue the conversation. On this blog you'll discover my thoughts about the art process and how it relates to making a life. I'll also post some of my artwork, including some works that are a bit out of the "main stream" of what I produce for exhibit and sale (but by all means, those works are also for sale--so do not hesitate to email!) This blog supplements my primary website which you might enjoy visiting too. (To link to that site go to the LINKS section in this column.) Comments from visitors are welcome. If you're an artist with a blog, I invite you to include your blog address with your comments. Cheers!
Oh, about the photo of me at the top of this column . . . No, I don't use a shovel in the studio (although one might be helpful for clean-up sometimes!) This photo is me on a US Forest Service PIT (Passport In Time) restoration project at the historic OTO Ranch in Montana. I've been an active volunteer for PIT since the program's inception in 1989. Projects I've worked on have taken me to remote locations throughout Montana, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and South Dakota. Some PIT projects were prehistoric site surveys or excavations while others were restoration efforts on historic structures. One of my favorite PIT projects required a two-day 25-mile hike into the Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana. In 2010 I participated in two PIT projects: a Paleontological project in Thunder Basin in Wyoming and an Archeological project at Guanella Pass in Colorado. Both were terrific projects in fantastic settings.
Oil painting "Thunderhead Over Hobson" is in the Custer County Art & Heritage Center's 32st Annual Juried Works on Paper Art Exhibition. Exhibit is: January 23 - March 6, 2011 at the CCAHC in Miles City, Montana.
My works, "Powerful Storm" and "Prairie King" are in the Yellowstone Art Museum's 43nd Annual Art Exhibition and Auction. The auction is set for March 5, 2011 in Billings, Montana. (View my blog post dated December 8, 2010 to see the paintings.)
LINKS to blogs/websites of other artists or websites of particular interest..
My studio in Lewistown, Montana in July. (Just kidding. It's April.) This 24 x 54 ft structure was originally built as a neighborhood grocery store. It's been my studio since I purchased it (and the vacant lot next to it) in 2004.
One of my favorite Mark Twain quotes . . .
"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it—and stop there." ~Mark Twain
"And my middle name is Mischief!"
Departed but still "present"
BELOW: Original lithograph initially posted Jan. 27, 2009 with update on Dec 5.
This is a detail from a lithograph I created when I was a student at the (then) Alberta College of Art. The title derives from the Egyptian hieroglyphics I incorporated into the composition. Also, the cat is drawn with a definite dividing line down the middle of its face so that if only the dark side is focused on, it gives the profile of a mummified cat (and the dashed white lines across the body below the neck suggest cloth wrappings.) The "model" is my little furry black buddy, Canuck. I say that in the present tense because Canuck is still very much alive and present; she's about 23 or 24 years old now but still very active and a great companion. UPDATE: DECEMBER 5TH, 2009 Canuck, my little black buddy for nearly 25 years, crossed over to the other side. It was a privilege to have known her all those years and her conversation will be missed. She was a talkative cat with a very large vocabulary of distinct sounds (way more than the ordinary meow.) All cats have their secret opinions, but Canuck voiced her's. She is missed very much.