View Full Version : River Evening- Ken Tiessen (xpost Landscape)

10-10-2013, 11:57 AM
This 8x10 soft pastel on UArt was painted yesterday from a Teton reference taken this summer- it was a beautiful evening! I've added the moose (not fully resolved) from other shots as they were often there, and this was an especially big one.

I'm happy with the overall warm/cool aspect of this on- the sky blues/purples are much more intense IRL.


10-10-2013, 01:14 PM
Lovely harmony of color. Barb

10-10-2013, 02:16 PM
This image may be closer to the values of the original-


10-10-2013, 03:30 PM
This is beautiful! Love the trees especially. It took me a while to spot the Moose! Didn't know what you were talking about......

10-10-2013, 05:05 PM
This is very beautiful ! Beautiful harmony of colors between blues and greens and wonderful atmosphere.

10-10-2013, 05:33 PM
Hi Ruth! Thank you! That's how they are, you know- he needs a bit of refinement yet. Trees are a work-in-progress for me.

Toniov- Thanks! The reference was pretty dull, but I remember the evening well.

10-10-2013, 09:45 PM
Beautiful work Ken, nice sense of light!

10-11-2013, 05:32 AM
Very easy on the eye - exceptional foliage!


10-11-2013, 11:06 AM
Hi Chris! Thank you- it was a marvelous evening!

Hello Nicole- I appreciate it! Working on those trees...

water girl
10-11-2013, 12:06 PM
First of all, when we were in the Tetons, we did not see a single moose. So, I'm jealous!
Beautiful use of color, that reflects the time of day very nicely.

10-11-2013, 11:24 PM
Nice one, Ken. Wonderful mood and great colors.

10-12-2013, 12:46 PM
Hi Karen- Sorry! This year there was less wildlife overall (but did see a mother and calf right at the campground ranger station- the mother cooling down in a big puddle). 2012 was an amazing year for wildlife- many moose, bison, pronghorn, eagles, etc.- I could not say why. Thanks for your nice comments- just keep going back!

She must have been too warm-

Her and the calf having a morning snack later-

Hi Randy! Thank you- it is a wonderful place for inspiration.

10-12-2013, 02:59 PM
both pixs of the pic have a fine sense of place/time !
- like the marks and the saturation of colour . :)

hope this location tempts you further to explore mood and palette .


10-12-2013, 03:41 PM
:clap: wow really inspiring place and excellent depiction:clap:

10-12-2013, 09:37 PM
Those moose are close!!! So big.... Barb

10-14-2013, 09:48 AM
Hi Ed- Thank you! There is much to do-

Melinda- Thanks!

Hi Barb- They were and are! The males are much bigger of course- 1100-1500 lbs if you can imagine. In my teens, a friend had an Alaskan moose head in his bedroom (your standard residential) and it was immense!

10-14-2013, 10:49 AM
Beautiful painting.


10-14-2013, 05:03 PM
As usual, you made another beautiful painting.

Can I tell something about my experience of a moose...
I was driving in my car in one evening, it started to get a Little dark.

Suddenly the whole car window (windshield?)was grey and I couldnt see anything, I felt that I had hit something, the whole car started to behave like a small boat in a sea when the wind is blowing...

I was thinking, I have hit something but what? Suddenly, a huge face
was sliding down the window of my car and a huge eye was looking
strate into the car where I and my mum sat....

I didnt recognize what this face belonged to...it was so huge and I didnt
know what it was. I screamed with all my voice and stopped the car very
fast. This thing tried to stay on my car with its front legs but couldnt stay there.

I was holding the wheel in shock, not knowing what it was. Suddenly a
moose was standing up on his legs. It was a male...my Eyes followed the
body and since it was so near the hood, (Engine hood? bonnet) I saw his
face so up high. Then he looked into the car, and we were staring at him
and he was staring at us.

Then he turned his back and slowly ran into the field. We should have died
there but I was thinking of the moose, I was in a shock.

I opened the door and a lot of liquid was on the street. People came and
one guy took my car keys and after a while when I was speaking in my
phone with the SOS he said, -you can continue driving the car, you donīt
need help with taking care of your car.

I was looking at him...hello!, I hade a male moose coming up in the air
landing on my car window and hood with a big thud!!!

He said, -come and see, its only the cabel to the windshield washer fluid
and one lamp that is destroyed, but NO buckle or mark on the whole
car was there! This is not normal said everybody, including the man in
the shop/car repair shop, where I bought the new car lamp, he said, -I have many cars here totally destroyed because of the moose accidents, the normal thing is that he should have destroyed the windshield (car window) and then he should have strangled you because he should have come into the car when smashing the window, windshield.
And then he should have empty his bowels.....This is not normal he said.

I know that, if you throw a small stone on a car, there will be a buckle.
You donīt want to have a moose face (and body) 9 inch from your face...

So I can just say very thankfully that it was a divine miracle.:)

10-15-2013, 04:17 PM
Trudy- Thanks very much!

Hi Anna Lisa- What an amazing story! You are very fortunate indeed- in browsing for information on moose I ran across several images of cars that had collided with them with much worse, and often fatal, results for the occupants of the cars. Their height and sheer bulk makes them a very bad mix with cars. You must consider yourself blessed!!

10-17-2013, 01:15 PM
Yes Ken I feel very blessed to be alive:)
People are funny (including myself) some have asked -what car do you have?
Haha I said -it doesnīt matter because the thin car metal is the same in
cars and the glass in the window haha.

We are funny, trying to explain things we donīt understand.
Donīt be fooled by the fence that shall protect from wild animals, the moose
jump over it easily. After hitting a moose with a car, you drive very careful.
It was a very unusual experience. It Changes you, you get thankful for the
small things in life. I shall not take up more space here, but one time I should
have exploded in a fire/gasolin fire, one time I was 2 steps away from being
killed by a train coming fast toward me...I could go on hahaha the only
conclusion I can make after this is that Gods angels must have been in
I look forward to see more of your fantastic paintings. I like your style a lot.
Take care

10-17-2013, 03:53 PM
Love the colours.

10-17-2013, 04:22 PM
Thank you, Anna Lisa! We should all feel that way, and I certainly do. All my work is a small tribute to the wonder and mystery of God's creation- I try to be worthy.

I've sent you a PM/email (not sure which you might use).

10-20-2013, 01:32 PM
Thank you Ken.

And I Think we all would love to see your coming tributings (dont know how
to spell that right) your Lovely paintings.

I just remembered one thing....now is the time when people go hunting for
moose (in our country), so now is the time to be extra careful on the drive ways. Donīt know when you have hunting seasons

lovin art
10-26-2013, 10:01 AM
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This is amazingly beautiful to me ......:o your an amazing man !

10-26-2013, 10:28 AM
All my work is a small tribute to the wonder and mystery of God's creation

Your work pays tribute most excellent. I feel same way about my paintings. Superb painting, Ken!

10-28-2013, 10:17 AM
Thank you Alex! I appreciate it- me being a work in (rather slow) progress-

Hi Ron! Thanks! Very kind of you-

10-31-2013, 10:04 AM
Ken: Ahh, here you are hiding in pastels. This is a gem for sure. Lovely light my friend.
:thumbsup: derek