|Steve Henderson Fine Art
July 1, 2014
Art and Life -- They Go Together
Lonesome Barn: The Story of this Painting
Lonesome Barn -- Original Watercolor Painting -- sold
Step by Step sequences on painting this work yourself are in Steve's Step by Step Watercolor Success DVD, available at Amazon.com
Big Sky Country is not limited to the state of Montana. Many parts of the Pacific Northwest, including huge swathes of eastern Oregon and Washington, are areas where a viewer can look up and see, unhindered, cloud formations that look like giant palettes of white-based paint.
At night, the stars glow brightly, unabashed by competing city lights.
For people who live and visit these areas, there is a sense of freedom and openness, which can be a little unnerving for those who are accustomed to being sheltered by trees or hemmed in by buildings. Standing under this canopy of sheer size and space, one is conscious of one's smallness in a world and a universe that does not need any individual -- or even groups of well organized professional financiers, politicians, educators, media specialists, and businessmen -- to keep it running.
Indeed, the world, the sky, and the universe hum along quite nicely without the interference of people seeking to make it "better," by finding new and lucrative ways to make money off of the resources that were put here for all to use and enjoy. Like food. And air. Fresh water. Time.
If you have never stood under a big sky, especially in an area where the surroundings are quiet and still, it is worth doing so. It is worth contemplating our very smallness, our mortality, our limitations and weakness and coming to a point of humility. And then, we look up at that big, big sky and think, "Who made that? Surely Someone bigger, stronger, and wiser than I.
"Surely, an Artist to surpass all those who have ever lifted brush to canvas."
Lonesome Barn, the original watercolor by Steve Henderson, is sold, and the collector of this work had a special place in the home to showcase the painting so that the full impact of the sky could be seen. The beauty of a painting is that, placed in the smallest space, it turns that area into an environment that transports the viewer to another place. You may view the full portfolio of Steve's original paintings at his original works pages on the Steve Henderson Fine Art website.
If you enjoy creating art yourself, Lonesome Barn is a sequence feature on Steve's DVD, Step by Step Watercolor Success, available at Amazon.com.
Please contact [email protected] to inquire about any of Steve's original oil and watercolor paintings or licensed open edition prints.
Shipping of original paintings, purchased through Steve Henderson Fine Art, is free to the U.S. and Canada. All other areas, contact us and we'll figure out the shipping charges.
The Misfit Christian by Carolyn Henderson -- Paperback and Digital at Amazon.com.
If you are a spiritual person who has never fit into the group setting of many churches, Carolyn's new book, The Misfit Christian, is for you. Whether you continue to attend regular services or not, Carolyn's series of short, bloggy essays encourages the reader to stop thinking he's weird, and consider the concept that, possibly, he or she is being called to a different and unique place.
The Misfit Christian is newly published and is available as a Paperback or Digital edition through Amazon.com. It is also available for free lending through Amazon Prime.
Learn to Paint
Step by Step Watercolor Success DVD -- at Amazon.com
The original watercolor painting, Lonesome Barn, which heads this newsletter, is sold, but you can recreate the landscape with Step by Step Watercolor Success, Steve's workshop in DVD form.
The DVD, which pulls together a 2-day watercolor workshop into a 70-minute DVD, walks the beginning and intermediate artist through painting Purple Iris. A bonus segment at the end shows the sequential steps taken to paint Lonesome Barn. And an extra bonus segment at the very end gives quick instructions on some DIY painting tools.
PDF sketches of Purple Iris and Lonesome Barn, available for free through Steve Henderson Fine Art upon purchase of the DVD, mean that you do not have to know how to draw to successfully paint your way through the DVD.
Steve is presently working on Step by Step Oil Painting Success, a three-part DVD set for beginning, intermediate, and advanced oil painters.
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