A Yellowstone Geyser Buff

Get it? He's a buff! And he's a big fan of geysers! Art humor, you guys!

Yellowstone National Park is starting to show up in the studio now. We came home last September with a lot of photos of shooting geysers and lumbering buffaloes, but no pictures of buffaloes lumbering by geysers. So continuing my occasional series of Paint: The First Photoshop, here is a buffalo lumbering by a geyser.

 One way to make art of impossibly beautiful places is to have some fun with them.

One way to make art of impossibly beautiful places is to have some fun with them.

This series began with one of my favorite paintings - of Drew "saving" a little bear cub, which, in the painting, occurs in a nonexistent ponderosa pine in front of our house. The actual bear was from a newspaper clipping from Colorado Springs, showing him getting pulled from a tree by some volunteer firefighter, trying to do a favor for a dumb homeowner. I love the little bear cub, who was just tryna get up a damn tree, and I love my Personal Firefighter Drew, and I love ponderosa pines. So I squished 'em all together and made a Paint Photoshop.

2008 bear & firefighter.jpg

The next in the series was a self-appointed challenge to paint one of my favorite pieces of Photoshop art ever, the Raccoon Carrying a Cat.

 The "original" photoshopped raccoon and cat.

The "original" photoshopped raccoon and cat.

I made the raccoon into a real savior, and gave it to a friend who took a shine to it [enter pun apology here]. It doesn't appear in the "Art to look at" gallery, because it wasn't much of a win, but it was fun to paint, and I may return to the subject again someday and try to improve upon this first attempt.

 Yikes.

Yikes.

As first-year art students learn, you don't have to paint what you see. You can paint what you want.