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NancyMP
11-01-2013, 12:40 AM
Here is where I got most of my images, if you would like to explore!
http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/list.php?s=au&m=o&oid=1.&f=a&fa=439

I first fell in love with Albert Bierstadt's paintings after seeing one of his paintings in Oklahoma City's Cowboy Hall of Fame. I sat in front of his painted immigrants for a half-hour! Breaking new frontiers and seeing the glory of untouched lands, he and his brother accompanied an expedition into the American West in the 1800s.

He was born in Germany, but his parents moved to Massachusetts when he was two, so I think he embodies the free spirit as well as the older European zeitgeist.

Here's a more complete Albert Bierstadt Biography

A Rustic Mill

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2013/203830-a_rustic_mill-large.jpg

Emigrants Crossing the Plains

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2013/203830-emigrants_crossing_the_plains.jpg

Looking Down the Yosemite Valley - California

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2013/203830-looking_down_yosemite_valley,_california-large.jpg

Sunrise on the Matterhorn

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2013/203830-sunrise_on_the_matterhorn-large.jpg

NancyMP
11-01-2013, 12:47 AM
Sunset in the Rockies

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2013/203830-sunset_in_the_rockies-large.jpg

The Campfire

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2013/203830-the_campfire-large.jpg

The Fishing Fleet

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2013/203830-the_fishing_fleet-large.jpg

The Oregon Trail (This is the one in my home town!)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2013/203830-the_oregon_trail-large.jpg

White Mountains in New Hampshire

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2013/203830-white_mountains,_new_hampshire-large.jpg

If this isn't enough for you, feel free to look at any of his 353 works online and add them!:D

pcj
11-01-2013, 10:15 AM
Hi Nancy,

Is it OK if I do 'Approaching Thunderstorm On The Hudson' ?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2013/47666-tn_ApproachingThunderstormOnTheHudson.jpg

....hope so - I've already started :)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2013/47666-tn_IMG_0472a.JPG
Cheers,
Patricia

xislandman
11-01-2013, 10:23 AM
Good lord... How can he have done those magnificent paintings.

jaka44
11-01-2013, 06:49 PM
So are these paintings everyone copies every month and post?

NancyMP
11-02-2013, 03:30 AM
Yes, Jaka, and Bierstadt produced many more if these don't don't inspire you! And of course, if you would like to paint them, as many of us do, they are from painters in the past whose creations are still as beautiful to us as they were in their time.

When I paint a Master copy, I add a note to the painted surface to identify the original painter, such as "After Sargent," or "After Bierstadt" along with my own signature. On the back of the piece I add more details about the original artist and/or the painting that would be of interest to whomever ends up with the painting.

:clap: Wow, Patricia, you've already got a good start! What fun it will be to watch you do this! He was considered one of the Hudson River Valley School painters who emphasized the luminous atmospheric depth to make it seem as if you could walk into the painting!:)

pcj
11-03-2013, 01:04 PM
Hello Everyone,
Just started applying paint :)
Patricia
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Nov-2013/47666-tn_IMG_0483.JPG

NancyMP
11-03-2013, 09:41 PM
I really like how it's going, Patricia!:clap: You've inspired me, and I love the subject matter, so I'm going to do Bierstadt's "Approaching Storm."

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Nov-2013/203830-Approaching_Storm.jpg :D

ianuk
11-07-2013, 06:38 PM
Inspiring, I'd like to join in, may I?

NancyMP
11-07-2013, 09:21 PM
Of course, Ian! It's already the 7th, and we need to get rolling here! Or at least I do, since I haven't picked up a brush in a week!

tertu
11-08-2013, 03:27 AM
I'm in, but i cant upload pictures...I need to have posted twice before having a chance for upload?...what a strange...:angel:
Sry for my english:D

tertu
11-08-2013, 03:29 AM
2nd:o

tertu
11-08-2013, 03:33 AM
I just started this one
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Nov-2013/1040532-Coastal-View,-Newport-wc.jpg
I'll do it a little bigger
First wash with acrylic paint /green earth, madder lake, lighter ochre/
MDF board with acrylic gesso

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Nov-2013/1040532-ab-1-wc.jpg
:clear:
My very first landscape...

Sry for my english:D

NancyMP
11-08-2013, 04:21 PM
:wave: Tertu, you've got a good start for your first landscape, and we understand your English, that is very good so far, considering that Bulgaria, I think, uses a Cyrillic alphabet? Now I'm hoping I get some time to paint today!

I'm thrilled that you're doing a first! Way to go!!!:clap:

jaka44
11-09-2013, 01:01 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Nov-2013/980050-IMG_3940_-_Copy.JPG



2.5 x 3.5 inches

Thank you Nancy for posting these images, he was an excellent painter. It's neat to see an artists interpretation of how America used to look before all the industrialization. I just wish I could have fit the whole image on there. Will be doing some more of his paintings.

NancyMP
11-09-2013, 04:56 PM
Jaka, now you've inspired me to do some in ATC size! That is a beautiful job and you should be very proud of it!

Those trees in the mid-distance...what size brush did you use to get that teensy?

jaka44
11-09-2013, 05:20 PM
http://www.dickblick.com/products/princeton-select-synthetic-liners/

Thanks Nancy. The "script liner" work the best IMO. You need to have the paint thinned down when using these type of brushes. I'll thin the paint as much as I need to in order to do small detail work.

NancyMP
11-09-2013, 07:12 PM
Jaka, you're very welcome, and it's a lovely piece of art! I have one of the riggers, but I've only used it for drawing lines with paint. I have a WN triple-ought short sable for my tiniest areas, and for signatures on tiny boards. I've only made one ATC, but have a lot of 4"x 4"s done. As seen below...

jaka44
11-11-2013, 03:52 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2013/980050-IMG_3942_-_Copy.JPG


Here's another one. 2.5 x 3.5 inches. :)

NancyMP
11-12-2013, 01:13 PM
Oooo, Jaka, the Matterhorn! You've done a beautiful job of it; I really like the atmospheric depth you've achieved in that tiny space.

jaka44
11-12-2013, 05:53 PM
Thanks again Nancy!

Judy Manuche
11-12-2013, 10:26 PM
Nancy! I just visited the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC...LOOK WHAT I SAW! Bierstadt's Yosemite! Beautiful subject, he was a master of light!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Nov-2013/143584-IMG_0111.JPG

NancyMP
11-13-2013, 12:01 PM
That's funny. I posted here last night and it's gone!

Judy, I love that!! Bierstadt was one of the best luminists ever, and made you think you could see for miles by just looking at his paintings!

JamieWG
11-13-2013, 05:27 PM
For anybody who's interested:
The Bierstadt show that was at the Thomas Cole house is on its way to Connecticut. It will open on November 24 at the Mattatuck Museum (http://www.mattatuckmuseum.org/future) in Waterbury, and runs until March 2.

snoball
11-14-2013, 05:33 AM
For anybody who's interested:
The Bierstadt show that was at the Thomas Cole house is on its way to Connecticut. It will open on November 24 at the Mattatuck Museum (http://www.mattatuckmuseum.org/future) in Waterbury, and runs until March 2.
I would dearly love to see that show! I have seen a few of his paintings in the Gilcrease in Tulsa, but would love to see a whole collection. My favorite painter!

JamieWG
11-14-2013, 10:47 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2013/980050-IMG_3942_-_Copy.JPG


Here's another one. 2.5 x 3.5 inches. :)

LOVE THIS!!! :clap:

jaka44
11-14-2013, 05:52 PM
LOVE THIS!!! :clap:

Thanks JamieWG!

NancyMP
11-14-2013, 07:04 PM
Jaka, I think you should do as many of these as you can! They are lovely and each one would fit into a dollhouse living room!

jaka44
11-14-2013, 07:30 PM
Jaka, I think you should do as many of these as you can! They are lovely and each one would fit into a dollhouse living room!

Did you see my Girl with the Pearl Earing in the Miniature forum? I ask because I literally just started getting into Dollhouse stuff. I'm still waiting for a few supplies so I can correctly frame it.

JamieWG
11-14-2013, 08:45 PM
Did you see my Girl with the Pearl Earing in the Miniature forum? I ask because I literally just started getting into Dollhouse stuff. I'm still waiting for a few supplies so I can correctly frame it.

I saw it in the acrylics forum I think. It came out great.

jaka44
11-14-2013, 09:22 PM
I saw it in the acrylics forum I think. It came out great.

Yup, I posted it there too. Thanks again.:)

pcj
11-14-2013, 09:34 PM
Great work jaka44 !
Do you have any WIP photo's ?

Patricia

jaka44
11-14-2013, 09:44 PM
Great work jaka44 !
Do you have any WIP photo's ?

Patricia

Nope, but I will try to do one on my next one. Thanks!

jaka44
11-27-2013, 04:06 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2013/980050-IMG_4060.JPG


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2013/980050-IMG_4062.JPG



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2013/980050-IMG_4063.JPG


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2013/980050-IMG_4065_-_Copy.JPG





Special order for pcj. :)


Colors used: tit white, ultra blue, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber, cad yellow, permanent green light, mars black, dioxazine purple, (all M Graham), and phthalo blue from Michael Harding.

2.5 x 3.5 inches on 140 lb watercolor paper.

NancyMP
11-27-2013, 04:58 PM
Jaka, these are beautiful! What are you going to do with the ATCs when you get a series done?

jaka44
11-27-2013, 05:26 PM
Jaka, these are beautiful! What are you going to do with the ATCs when you get a series done?


Thanks Nancy! I sell on ebay.

Amai
11-27-2013, 08:19 PM
I'm glad pcj asked, and that you obliged. The end result are stunning, and its hard to imagine when looking at the finished piece that they ever had stages, so I find it very encouraging to see the paint process before the perfection.

jaka44
11-27-2013, 09:07 PM
I'm glad pcj asked, and that you obliged. The end result are stunning, and its hard to imagine when looking at the finished piece that they ever had stages, so I find it very encouraging to see the paint process before the perfection.

Thanks Amai!

pcj
11-27-2013, 10:34 PM
Jaka thankyou !
The wips are completely fascinating and the finished painting
is stunning.
Patricia

jaka44
11-27-2013, 11:04 PM
Jaka thankyou !
The wips are completely fascinating and the finished painting
is stunning.
Patricia

I'm happy you enjoy it. Thanks for the comment!

Just Granny
12-03-2013, 10:01 PM
HAVE AN UNFINISHED PAINTING OF THE OREGON TRAIL IN MY SEWING ROOM.....GUESS i NEED TO GET IT FINISHED,,,,,:thumbsup:AM CURRENTLY ALSO WORKING ON THE CAVE DWELLERS BY tHOMAS mORAN WHO GAVE bIERSTADT A LITTLE COMPETION BACK IN THOSE DAYS,,,,i ALSO SAW THE OREGON TRAIL IN THE COWBOY HALL OF FAME MANY YEARS AGO AND SINCE I LIVE IN OREGON I JUST HAVE TO PAINT IT:clap:

NancyMP
12-05-2013, 11:52 PM
I think you do, JG! I remember you showing your studio and your art, and with all that beauty you've painted, it really needs a Bierstadt in your collection. I'm so glad you were here to see it; it's very nice now that they have a padded bench in front of it so that you can just sit and study it.

ShawnColorado
11-30-2014, 03:19 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2013/980050-IMG_4060.JPG


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2013/980050-IMG_4062.JPG



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2013/980050-IMG_4063.JPG


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2013/980050-IMG_4065_-_Copy.JPG





Special order for pcj. :)


Colors used: tit white, ultra blue, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber, cad yellow, permanent green light, mars black, dioxazine purple, (all M Graham), and phthalo blue from Michael Harding.

2.5 x 3.5 inches on 140 lb watercolor paper.

This is so amazing. Love your miniatures... just awe inspiring :)