This was a “last minute” commission for a Christmas gift. The client chose the picture from five choices and I created the narrative. 12 x 16 acrylic on canvas. The recipient was quite surprised and pleased!
This is a photo of the Artists for Conservation Exhibit List at the event taking place now in Vancouver BC. I am honored to have my work hanging among these accomplished artists.
In 2009 I became a juried member of an exemplary group of international artists who, through their art, help support the conservation of wildlife and natural resources worldwide. Artists for Conservation holds a multi-day art and environmental education festival, featuring a world-class conservation themed juried art exhibit and expo in Vancouver, British Columbia. I have submitted my work to the jury for the art exhibit only twice. I was accepted for the virtual exhibit (website only) in 2011, and I’m happy to say that this year (my second time to submit), I was accepted for the live exhibit in Vancouver, BC in September. “What Was That” is a 14 x 18 acrylic painting of a Canada lynx. The lynx is also native to the state of Illinois where I live, so rather than a typical western setting, i.e., mountains etc., I choose a more Midwestern background for the painting.
There were 85 pieces from 80 artists chosen by the jury for the live exhibit in Vancouver while the virtual (online) exhibit will feature 200 pieces from 143 artists. I am honored that my work was chosen by the jury for AFC’s prestigious annual event. Thanks to the jurors whose task, I’m sure, was a difficult one!
- Brent Cooke – Artist and AFC Board Member;
- Michael Dumas – Artist and AFC Member;
- Pollyanna Pickering – Artist and AFC Board Member;
- Holly Swangstu – Art Institute Director, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum;
- Debra Usher – Publisher & Editor in Chief, Arabella Magazine
Pieces chosen for the traveling exhibit and award winners will be announced soon.
It seems I didn’t follow up on the work in progress for this little painting so here is the finished piece. Originally it was on a 12 x 16 canvas, but I decided to make it a 12 x 12 inch. This is the final painting – a minimal style that showcases the fawns. There is a larger photo in the Mammals gallery. © Marti Millington 2016
“What Was That?” The lynx painting is finished! I’m pretty pleased with the results, although I may tweak a little thing here and there.
The reference photos for this painting were taken in Montana, but lynx are native to Illinois, where I live. In fact, two of them live at the local wildlife park. The painting is 14 x 18 acrylic on canvas – available for purchase. There is a larger image in the Mammals gallery. © Marti Millington 2016
“The Hunt Begins” has been awarded 2nd Place – Water Media at the Irving Art Association’s 2015 Juried Wildlife and Domestic Animal Art Exhibit in Irving, Texas.
This is one of my larger paintings – 18 x 24 inches – and features a Canada Lynx in a winter scene. The lynx wasn’t the most time-consuming part of this painting – it was actually the snow! There is a lot of snow! I photographed the lynx at Animals of Montana while there for a workshop in 2000.
The show will feature wild and domestic animals in oil, water media, pastel, pencil, and photography. Many thanks to juror, Helen Bailey, for selecting my work for an award!
The show opens on August 30th at the Association’s gallery, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Dr. Irving TX 75062 with a reception and awards ceremony on September 13th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. To see a preview of the exhibit, visit Irving Art Association’s blog by clicking here. To learn more about juror Helen Bailey, you can visit her website by clicking here
My goal with this piece was to show another side of the animal kingdom. It isn’t always pretty out there in the wild; animals struggle every day to stay warm, find food, and shelter from the elements. This little guy is cold and miserable, wet, and most likely hungry. And that is the way of the animal kingdom. It’s an uphill battle to stay alive, and most times, Life.Is.Hard. The painting is 12 x 16, acrylic on canvas and is available for purchase.