The North American Gray Wolf
20 X 30 Charcoal On Sanded Canson Board
The North American Gray Wolf is a crucial member of our ecosystem. The positive ripple effects of their presence is incredible and often disregarded. Have a look at the following video, I think you will agree. How Wolves Change Rivers
The more I learn about wolves, the more fascinated I become with these beautiful and enchanting carnivores. If observed in their habitat you would see that they are very social creatures. They hunt only to survive and do not kill for sport. The pack life, consisting of seven to eight wolves, works on a hierarchical system. The mother and father being the alpha members of the pack and the leaders. They work together much like a family would.
For more information on wolves have a look at Defenders of Wildlife.
For this art piece I wanted to explore working on a different surface. Enchanted is done on Canson board with a finely sanded texture. There were a couple of benefits that I did enjoy when working with this product versus a toothed paper. I found the integrity of the tooth or grit in this situation) was never compromised and I could build up many layers of charcoal. Also the material was a little more forgiving when I needed to lift charcoal in areas. These benefits add an element of freedom to play more with the charcoal.
Yesterday I had the privilege of observing and talking with a local Canadian Artist in her home town of Banff, Alberta. Canadian born, Christine Ford has spent most of her life in the breath-taking Canadian Rockies. Passion for her home, the beautiful Rockies; and painting, is very clear when talking with Christine. Her passion also comes through in her paintings. This very personable young artist was more than happy to talk about her beginnings, art techniques, struggles in art, and much more.
There is a recurring theme when I talk with artists or read art related articles (beside practice 😉 ) and that is to find ways to surround yourself with art (and artists). This will keep you drawing, painting, and creating. Unless art is your livelihood, where you must paint to pay the bills, it needs nurturing daily to grow. It gives you a reason and purpose to do art. What does this look like? I think for me it means taking a course, setting some goals, entering competitions, being active in an art society, and even doing some commission work.
If you haven’t visited the Canadian Rockies, plan a trip – it will be well worth it. I have been to the majestic Canadian mountains many times, and each time I go, it is like I am seeing them again for the very first time.
Photographs taken by Martin Eisbrenner. Check out his website…some really cool photos!!!
If you want to learn more about Christine Ford check out her website at www.christineford.ca