This Time Last Year
The anniversary of the trip seemed like the perfect time to return to the blog to tie up all the loose ends. I can’t believe that it’s a full year since we were sat on the plane with all the anticipation of what might be. Looking at these pictures again(below) makes me feel happy knowing what was to follow and a little sad too as I’d just really love to be there again.
Much has happened since the exhibition started which I’ll summarise at a later date but for now I am going to return to the final period of the studio work. I always intended to come back and write about the paintings I made after moving on from the Canyon, with more studies of the natural phenomena of Yellowstone, the buffalo sketches and then finally onto the Green River work. I want to reach conclusions about the whole project and I’m sure I’ll be able to do this more clearly by filling in these gaps.
hi jim, this is great news! i am very much looking forward to following your post and gaining more insight. i loved the exhibition…truly fell in love with the buffalo:)
let me now also say something that i have been meaning to tell you since you held the workshop at my son’s school: THANK YOU! !
this comes from deep inside. what you did with and FOR our kids is truly amazing. lukas has never come home so motivated, full of energy (despite a long schoolday) and inspired. merely in the car i was clearly instructed what he needed immediately as we’d get home (paint, cloth, paper…). i did as i was told (as mothers do 😉 ).
and he painted. determination, happiness and a free spirit wrapped by content smiles…lukas took such pride in his work which he doesn’t easily do. i cannot express how happy it made me as a mother when i saw my child diving into and playing within his newly found passion.
he has painted often since. always happy and as free as a child should be.
i wish ofsted would understand what you did and make it part of our children’s lives.
thank you so much.
warmest regards, julia
How lovely of you to take the time to write such a lovely comment, it’s fantastic for me to know that the workshops have had such a positive effect. I can assure you that working with the primary schools has been really inspirational for me too. I’d love to do more of this type of work especially while the exhibition is on, as it gives the children a great context for workshops. Please wish Lukas all the best from me and tell him to keep painting! If you need advice on materials just let me know. James
I visited the exhibition for the 2nd time today and hope to do so a few more times before it closes in November.
In view of Julia’s comments you will be pleased to hear that there were loads of kids there trying to emulate your work with the various activities.
Like you I was entranced with Moran’s ‘Approaching Camp…’ when I first saw it and I did make a small contribution to the purchase by Bolton MBC.
I have also visited Green River although I did not realise at the time that it was set there but worked it out afterwards.
I think your versions are stunning and make great companion pieces. I would like to buy (have bought for me) a print of your ‘Evening/Nightfall? at Green River’ but they don’t seem to have any in stock at the Art Gallery. Perhaps you could fix this or let me know if we can buy one direct?
Congratulations one again on your project.
I’m sorry this reply is late, for some reason I didn’t get an alert when you sent your comment. Thank you very much for taking the time to get in touch. How fantastic it is to hear that someone who contributed to the purchase of Moran’s painting has found the exhibition so enjoyable, especially considering that you’ve been to Green River.
I am currently researching the best option for two larger reproductions of the Teton painting and a Green river work, that will hopefully be available for a couple of months before the end of the exhibition. I’ll keep you posted on any progress with this.
All the best!