photos © Eric von Schmidt
The canvas began to take on a life of its own
as the characters developed more muscle, color, clothing and
personality. The landscape is richer; the snowy mountain has more
"land". And, Big Sky lives up to its name. Eric spent the month
buried in his work, our rapid back and forth faxes began to trickle.
I had to make an emergency trip to Texas, out of fax range (the only
way Eric and I can communicate is via fax). When I returned to
Colorado, I found several packages from Eric that included photos
(some of which you see on this website).
The previous month Eric gave me the opportunity
to play “art critic.” My first inclination was not to offer any
suggestions to this painting – I mean; I’m not an artist. Still, I
took my first impressions and/or questions and wrote them down for
Eric to muse over.
When I looked at Sacajewea
(see photos in April) I kept
asking myself, “what is she doing, why is she waving?” Eric told me
it was an Indian sign for excitement, but it just didn’t seem to
convey that impression to me. It appeared that she was just waving.
Eric made the changes as seen in these series of photos.
Another minor change that Eric made was with
Drouillard, the blonde man on the right whose head was tilted to the
right. He is now walking forward, looking straight ahead (click
here for before and after photos).
As you compare the photos between April and
May, the changes are easily visible throughout the canvas. Two
Shoshone warriors have been added to the left of Sacajewea. They are
beside the white horse; one is crouched, the other is standing
behind him holding a shield. If you look carefully, you'll see a
line of mounted warriors making their way down the hillside toward
the meeting. (click here for before and
after photos) Texture, colors are brighter. It’s
great to watch “The Ballad of Lewis & Clark” come to life and evolve
before our very eyes.
Please return for future photos. And, let us
know what you think. Please feel free to send us an
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