First, pardon our lack of blog updating. We really have no excuse. Anyway, this post is long overdue. I am pleased to present a labor of love and the largest oil painting I have completed to date titled Spring Whale Harvest (Tryptich). This painting measures 27′ x 6.5′ from edge to edge and was commissioned by the beautiful new Norton Sound Regional Hospital. This project began about a year ago, starting with penciled designs followed by more refined color studies. The panels were then constructed, primed, and mounted in my studio space. Once in place I was able to start drawing in the images using black paint. Due to the number of figures in the painting, this took several days longer than other projects of equal size. I then built up the background, before concentrating on painting in my characters. Several times during this period, little Archer would clumsily open the studio door and announce, ” Papa painting people”. This became our saying for a while. The final step in the completion of the paintings was applying three coats of a protective finish.
In November, I traveled to Nome to install the artwork with a good friend of mine, C.O.. Upon arriving we picked up our transportation, which was a side-by-side ATV, and met with another close friend, who helped with installation, Autumn. Between the three of us we worked out the logistical hiccup of getting the artwork from Lynden air cargo to the hospital about two miles away. To my great satisfaction, the artwork arrived unmarred, not even a scuff. We went to work for about a week, painting the wall, mounting the work, framing the artwork, and finally mounting the rope barrier in place. I felt privileged to be apart of such a wonderful new building in Nome. This painting is dedicated to the attentive staff of the Norton Sound Regional Hospital and the communities they serve.
I would also like to extend a big thank you to all those who made this project possible: C.O. Rudstrom, Autumn Falls, Eric Arneson, Chad Waggoner, Matt Robinson, The Solodtna Bible Chapel’s Care and Share group, Tom Mute, Charles Marble, Peter and Angela Hansen, Nate Hobbs, the owner’s reps and hospital construction crews, and to many more- Thank You. Also a special thanks to my loving wife and muse, Amy. You always give me the great ideas.