Friday, October 29, 2010

"Morning Mist" by Kristin Jurist Haakenson

"Morning Mist" by Kristin Jurist Haakenson
acrylic on canvas
16" x 20"
$575 unframed
Available for purchase from Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT


I finished this painting up at an Art-a-Thon at the Proctor Farmers Market in Tacoma, WA back in July. We were painting all day at the market to raise money for the food bank. It was a great experience, but the weather was so cold, windy, and drizzly - strange weather for July! Alexis St. John, another artist painting at the market that day, said the buffalo had a very meditative look to him, so I decided to keep going in that direction with the painting.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Running Before Time Took Our Dreams Away" by Kristin Jurist Haakenson


"Running Before Time Took Our Dreams Away" by Kristin Jurist Haakenson
acrylic on canvas
24" x 36"
$1175 framed
Available for purchase through Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT

I was listening to Pink Floyd's album "The Division Bell" while painting this one. The painting's title comes from a line in that album's last track, "High Hopes" - it really stuck out to me as I was working on the buffalo.

The photo has some light reflection on the left side, which helps to reveal the texture a bit in the photo. I've been working on practicing patience lately with my art, and I feel like that's permitting me to produce richer colors on the canvas (that effect isn't translated as well when photographed). The immediate gratification of using palette knives to mix colors on the canvas is wonderful, but I wanted to achieve more depth without using more texture. Texture is still an integral part of a painting like this, but I've been layering textured paint with light color washes to make the effect more subtle. I've also been scraping with the knives more; once several layers of texture and color have dried, I literally scrape more color onto the canvas to achieve softer highlights and to make the paint break in a natural-looking way. The layers of colors interact with each other to produce a bit of a glow.


Where vast and far the rustling grass burns with its russet stain,
O'er prairies lone, beyond the throne, of Rocky Mountain chain,
The lowing herds, the league-long herds, of bisons roam the wild,
By streams serene, by meadows green, and where great cliffs are pil'd
-Isaac McLellan, from "The Flight of the Buffalo"

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


WINTER STROLL, Mule Deer
12"x16" Oil Painting
By Gary J Keimig

"Summer Relief" by Kristin Jurist Haakenson


"Summer Relief" by Kristin Jurist Haakenson
acrylic on canvas
24" x 12"
$625 framed
Available for purchase at Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT

Sketching this moose prior to painting him was my first foray into the world of moose-drawing. They're beautiful creatures - I love those big goofy grins and huge noses. I remember being in the Grand Tetons once with my parents when I was young...we were hiking and spotted a moose calf no more than 20 feet away from us, just off the trail. Its mother was close by, eyeing us suspiciously and ready to trample us if need be. It was really quite an impressive encounter, and I gained a lot of healthy respect for those big animals. And here's my little nod to them: a bull moose getting some relief from the summer heat.

I used my new iridescent pearl paint for this one. It's particularly noticeable when the light hits it from different angles.


"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it alright will rather preserve its life than destroy it."
-Henry David Thoreau

Kristin Jurist Haakenson
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

"Uphill" by Kristin Jurist Haakenson


"Uphill" by Kristin Jurist Haakenson
acrylic on canvas
24" x 12"
$625 framed
Available for purchase at Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT

The mighty American bison is truly a remarkable creature - it's so solid and powerful. What I love in particular about them, though, is how they're both majestic and goofy - they always have that ridiculous patchy fur in warm weather and they like to roll around in the mud as much as a dog does.

The background for this painting consists of several layers with both palette knife and brush work. I wanted it to have a sort of cave-ish appearance, and the acrylic gels work really well when trying to achieve a rocky, organic look. The buffalo himself is painted in shades of red and yellow, and his horns & hooves have a blue-ish tint to them.

"The road uphill and the road downhill are one and the same."
-Heraclitus of Ephesus

Kristin Jurist Haakenson

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

SWAN WILDLIFE ART OIL PAINTING BY MJ ZORAD


Swan Wildlife Oil Painting
16 x 20
Sold
Mary Jo Zorad
Washington State