Some years are big on snow. Some are not. And 1909 was pretty big. Here's an interesting photo I came across that shows a steam locomotive "stuck real good" in the winter of 1909. It is located somewhere along the run between Lewistown and Buffalo-Judith Gap area (immediately west of Lewistown.) In 1994, when I was the Home & Family Editor of the Lewistown News Argus, I interviewed Red Hanley. Red had worked as an engineer and he told me an interesting story about how he got a steam locomotive stuck in snow along the same run as in the photo. But, unlike this train, Red's was pushing a weighted boxcar with a plow in front instead of just a plow. As I recall, he told me he'd been advised to "give it as much speed as possible" --- he did and the train went pow! right into the snow drift---in, in, in, in, ...in...........in.............in............in.......and then it stopped. It was buried at least as deep as the one in this photo, or maybe more.
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.