"Sunken Treasure", 30x24 mixed media by Carol Nelson
This painting has some interesting things added to it. The "treasure" is bits of gold colored metal from a necklace, and gold painted wood pieces. Considering the watery appearance of the rest of the painting, it wasn't hard to come up with a title.
I tried something different for the finish on this painting. It has Golden's Self Leveling Clear Gel in a relatively thick layer. I poured it on and spread it around with a brush. The gel "produces a smooth, even, flexible, glossy film of excellent clarity with water and UV resistance." It is very shiny, and certainly easier to work with than smelly varnish.
This painting is the 5th painting in a series inspired by Native American legends. These works bring me back to my illustration roots. I love painting the visual imagery of a colorful narrative. Native American legends are colorful and full of life and the natural world. I paint these uniformly: all are the 36x24 and all are painted on Yupo mounted to gatorboard. I love indulging my love of detail and "close work. The legend that inspired this painting is retold HERE
In this painting there are 2 storytellers: the me-the-artist and the child in the glowing teepee. Both of us are spinning yarns. The child brings the sandhill cranes to life with the enthusiasm of her tall tale. I'm telling a tall tale about the power and magic of imagination and the spoken word. I had a story I wanted to tell with this painting. I remember how I loved stories as a child, listening to them and telling them. BIG stories with fantastic elements and plenty of fabrication! In The Storyteller, the power of a young child's spoken words bring the sandhill cranes to life. They exist first on the teepee as a graphic element and then burst into the starry night sky, real and full of life!
This painting is titled "Sunrise, McElmo Canyon." It's of the beautiful mountain lion I photographed at the Triple D photo shoot down in Cortez. The sun was beginning to pour into the canyon and the puma turned her head to look into the rising sun. It was a perfect moment! How could I NOT paint it?
Cardinals are one of those beautiful creatures that you never forget...no matter your age when you first see one. I was blessed to have grown up with them around me. After many years living in areas where there were no Cardinals, I once again am living among them. The are truly jewels of our forest!!