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911
Acrylic artist paint on plywood <> June 1998 <> 16" x 32"

Trees from 911

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This picture took 2 days, 146 photo images and many layers to restore. It took 30 minutes to paint.

The restoration is accurate except for the sky. The blue sky photos were either dirty grey or glaring white. As a result, a thin layer of a4bcea blue was added over the sky.
This picture came from an encounter with a cougar in our back yard one night. The cat was rummaging the wood pile for food. I walked out within 15 feet before the cougar disappeared in the dark. A few minutes later, the scene was repeated when the cougar came back. That was one of two cougars I've seen, counting a dead one along the highway. I didn't have a camera for either event, but as consolation, I have a bobcat photo from our back yard in 2008. And a cow photo from my office window in case you're from the city.

I don't remember the process of drawing or painting this picture. I had a piece of 1/4" mahogany plywood and filled it with an image. Voila, it came out. Despite being a house painter for 20 years and using acrylic paint every day, the act of painting pictures was unpleasant. Brushes felt clumsy and the paint dried too fast. All my tubes of paint dried and I threw them away. Regrettably, in 2001 I threw away numerous paintings in a fit of self-annoyance. Recently I cut up more paintings and made shelves out of the plywood because they made lousy art and I needed shelves. Nobody can predict the future, which is why is it unwise to defend the past.

Trees and moon from 911 w photoshop background

Outtake of cat and head from 911
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