after Turkey Creek
, right end
masonite, "After Turkey Creek". This is a large
painting, 80" x 29", photographed in 3 overlapping pieces
for viewing. Above is the right-hand 35 inches or so. Here are links
to the center, and left-hand views:
Middle Section Turkey Creek
Left Section Turkey Creek
The left 15-18
inches is pretty faithful to an internet photo of Turkey Creek in
Palm Bay, Florida, of a point in the winding creek very familiar to
people walking the boardwalk in the background on the left.
The remaining vast length of painting is pretty much made up, or a
composite of about a dozen photos I took. Or at least that was
the intent but it just sort of evolved.
I painted this
because I had been wanting to do a creek scene since moving to a
place with a creek in my back yard. I've gotten into
documenting (photographing) all the creatures and plants and so when I heard that
the new Palm Bay library (to be built at Turkey Creek) might want
some art to display, it seemed like a perfect project.
I painted this
over a period of about 3 months, a very hard time for me because I
was practically an invalid due to a mysterious muscle/exercise
disorder. As someone who was always very active and quite
successful as a runner, it was of great consolation to have this
painting to occupy my spare time with. Although my studio is
up a flight of stairs, I could haul myself up there to paint.
I had the masonite panel actually screwed to the wall, and I rolled
around on a chair with wheels.
Of course the
most fun was inserting all the creatures. Some are difficult
to impossible to see in a photo, and some are hard to see even on
the painting. It's become somewhat of a game for people to try
and find them all.
Email me at email@example.com
with your list and I'll tell you what you missed. There are 26
(I think) living creatures, 1 dead one. Multiples of the same
species in the same group or doing the same thing count only as