Current Bruce Park Paintings, Auctions and Exhibitions
It's March, the temperatures are slowly warming and I am so over shoveling snow! Although very grateful for the abundant show pack, spring flowers can't come quick enough.
"Foothill Flowers" is one of my all time favorite pastel paintings. Spring in Montana has such intense saturated colors that are a challenge to paint. The fresh, alive hues can come off acrid in a painting, suffocating the beauty of spring. I felt I achieved a harmonious balance in this painting, successfully capturing a lush hillside and the cool soft clouds that are indicative to spring skies.
Foothill Flowers is 20" x 34" pastel on paper.
"Tom Minor Basin" is my entry to the 42 Annual Missoula Museum Art Auction. This event will be held February 01, 2014 at the museum located at 335 North Pattee Missoula, Montana
59802. For more information you can visit the museum's website.
"Tom Minor Basin" is a 30" x 40" pastel painting. This is looking South towards the boundary of Yellowstone National Park on a bright July day with thunderstorms just starting to develop.
I am delighted to have a pastel painting in the live auction and the annual Yellowstone Art Museum Art Auction "Art Auction 46", this event will be held on March 1, 2014.
"Lamar Valley Storm" is a 30" x 40" pastel painting from the Lamar Valley located in Yellowstone National Park. This is a dynamic pastel exhibiting the uniqueness of the medium through the use of many layers of color. I am always surprised how the subtle translucent color layers create a very vibrant relationship that translates the beauty of the light.
The Yellowstone Art Museum is located at 401 N 27th St, Billings, Mt 59101. You can also visit their website auction page.
This is an original plein air oil painting done in August 2013. It was a hot summer morning with bright light and rich color that made for cool shadows and warm direct light. Notice that I am standing in the shadow otherwise I would be drenched with sweat!
This is an 8" x 8" oil on canvas panel that is varnished and ready to place in a frame.
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I am excited to have my pastel "Summer Thunderstorm" in the 28th Annual Dinner and Ball at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming.
The event is in being held on Friday September 6 and is their largest and most important fundraiser of the year.
"Summer Thunderstorm" is a 20" x 28" pastel on paper.
The snow is almost all melted in the surrounding mountains, but, the fields are still green and the grasses are starting to ripen. I love it when you get a cool summer breeze with large white puffy clouds casting shadows as they float through the Gallatin Valley.
This pastel painting "Summer Shadows" is 30" x 40".
I needed a short break from painting landscapes, just a change of focus. I started painting petunias, daisys, snapdragons and now a rose. This is the first rose I have ever painted, go figure! Because every summer I look forward to picking daily bouquets for Genise.
"First Rose" is a small 8" x 8" oil painting on a canvas panel from my front yard.
First summer blooms are over, now to wait for the second round.
I have had many request for prints of these paintings and have finally developed an Etsy shop to make them available.
The images are 8" x 10" printed on archival paper with archival inks. I have limited the prints to an edition of 100. These are reproduced from my original oil paintings.
I recently took this painting to be shown at Old Main Gallery in downtown Bozeman. I just finished this piece two weeks ago right in the middle of one of those 90 degree days. My loft studio has good ventilation, but, even with a fan blowing on high I still was dripping sweet. When I look at this painting I find it cool and refreshing.
"Palasades Falls" is a 24" x 24" oil on canvas and is currently available at Old Main Gallery.
This is another painting looking towards the Jenny Lake area in the Teton Mountains. This was a beautiful sunset after the thunderstorms finally diminished.
"Teton Sunset" is a 20" x 28" pastel.