Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ken Williams Gets Back to Nature

Ken Williams, of Golden, BC, is an outdoors man. He is one of those rare artists who is equally at home looking down the sights of his rifle, flyfishing, or painting the panorama of the country he loves.

Ken painted the above work on the shoulder blade of one of the moose he had bagged.
Take a good look at it. You will see in an instant, that Ken knows his stuff when it comes to acrylic painting. He has great tonal values of light which move from dark foregrounds into light backgrounds and he has interpreted the colours of the foothills well, and he has deftly painted a group of bisons into the foreground of his work.

Ken invited me into his studio and told me about sculpting a big totem for the home of a friend. And, in between times in our conversation he hauled a huge piece of milled mountain cedar into his home. He brought it down from the mountains, and he figured that it may have been well over a hundred years old when it got caught in a fire. His plan was to take a large, frozen bullhead trout from his freezer, and set it outside in the snow, where he would measure it, study it, and then return it to life in a large wooden carving.

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