Painting to be Auctioned
The End of Summer is my newest egg tempera painting and represents one of the moments that I have come to treasure in our fleeting, fast-paced digital world.
Art should provide a way to lift you up and help you hold onto things that have meaning. Even ordinary things can be special. They can make us think about things that are deeper and help us regain perspective.
Appreciate the simple things. Savor the moments.
This painting was rendered in egg tempera, an ancient craft that was the standard medium for artists like Michelangelo. Every surviving panel painted by him is egg tempera. Oil replaced tempera as the principal medium used for creating artwork during the 15th century but its use has survived today due in part to the skill of dedicated iconographers throughout the world.
Egg tempera is valued for the intensity and radiance of colors, remaining beautiful for centuries. The artist uses natural ingredients, various rock and earth materials ground to fine powder, to which he adds water and egg yolk.
The End of Summer measures 20 x 30 inches and will be available for purchase at the Russell Event, an exhibit and fine art auction at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana in March 2017.
As one of 80 pieces of art being auctioned to raise funds for the support of the museum, I am honored that this painting was selected for the exhibit.
Dedicated to Charles M. Russell and other significant Western artists, the museum holds over 3,000 pieces of fine art in its permanent collection in addition to documents, photographs, books, firearms, and collected pieces that represent the old west and Western art. It also includes the artist’s log cabin studio and gallery addition and encompasses 65,000 square feet of space for exhibition and education.