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EB
11-20-2011, 08:06 PM
I started painting on a whim and added to it a bit.

This reminds me of the twilight when my wife and I fought forest fires and we were dropped off deep in the rocky wooded mountains.

Due to occupational hazards most of the time we rode in a different helicopters. In case of a crash one parent might survive to raise our kids.

On a crisp cool night one could hear for miles and the thousands of stars look like one could reach out and touch them.

Earle

Saphire
11-20-2011, 10:45 PM
A very powerful painting, more so with the added story. Brilliant.

scribbledsoul
11-20-2011, 10:50 PM
Absolutely stunning! This is one that I would hang on the wall of my office, to inspire me! :)

coops
11-21-2011, 02:02 AM
Boy thats one stunning sky Earle:)

EB
11-21-2011, 10:47 AM
Saphire thank you

jibes
11-21-2011, 11:24 AM
Great story and beautiful painting!

justjean
11-21-2011, 05:38 PM
How wonderful the story, the mood, the colours and the scene

screenpainter
11-21-2011, 07:09 PM
Earle,
another gorgeous painting. love the majesty of those mountains which you now have mastered and the mood of the painting. congratulations. great artwork/ painting.

EB
11-21-2011, 11:25 PM
scribbledsoul Thank you

Caesar
11-22-2011, 03:35 AM
The painting is gorgeous and the story of Your adventureous missions awefully interesting!

ScottF
11-22-2011, 04:05 AM
Great sense of awe and serenity!

Tony867
11-22-2011, 06:13 AM
Most beautifully painted Earle.

EB
11-22-2011, 06:46 PM
Coops thank you.

Earle

EB
11-22-2011, 08:49 PM
jibes thank you

EB
11-23-2011, 05:53 AM
justjean Thank you

Earle

waheednasir
11-24-2011, 12:19 AM
strong mood!

EB
11-25-2011, 08:20 AM
Thank you screenpainter, Caesar, ScottF, Tony867 and waheednasir

Earle

kenmo
11-25-2011, 08:46 AM
A gorgeous painting indeed... Love it....:):):)

gxhpainter2
11-25-2011, 12:03 PM
EB I left a note on this in your gallery.... still an amazing work.. really nice mountains and dramatic sky...;);)

D Akey
11-25-2011, 04:21 PM
Fantastic EB!

Like everyone got -- majestic. There's strength in the shapes. . .

Love that you chose to keep the elk a little hard to make out. I think that enhances the feeling of being lucky and coming upon one in the wild. Whenever I see these wild creatures who are known for their skittishness around man, it's as if I catch only a fleeting glimpse.

Well portrayed.

EB
11-26-2011, 01:03 PM
kenmo Thank you

gxhpainter Thank you
I looked for the note under the picture but I didn't see it. I'm not sure why or where else it would be. However, thank you again.

D Akey Thank you. I actually drew the elk from memory. After I posted it I noticed I should had had the antlers more streamlined for a better shape. I also figured the back lighting from the light fog would make the elk naturally look dark. Like sunspots are many times brighter than the moon but they look dark against the bright surface. Or the good old oil spot test on a paper to test luminosity.

In my early 20's I waded a wide stream in Yellowstone park to take some photos of a wild elk in a open field with a disposable camera. I stood within 5 feet of it taking pictures while face to face with the massive animal. It had a really grand rack. I waded back to join up with my wife, stepson and mother. My mother told be about the conversation she just had. A person with a camera on a tripod stood frozen on his shutter button while I was photographing the elk. My mother had ask him if he was going to take a picture. He responded, "I'm waiting for the kill.". Somewhere out there are pictures because many other people did photograph the event.
It would be fun to find someone who had one.

I have seen many elk in the wild and in captivity since. About 60 miles south of me a family has a elk ranch. They let me photograph their many elk while I was in their pen. Durring the rut is when elk get real aggressive.

Earle