Mark W. McGinnis – $10.00 Kickstarter – Extinct: 50 Paintings

I have decided to do something a bit different for my new project Extinct: 50 Paintings. I have designed a Kickstarter to go with the project. My objective is not to make a truckload of money but to build a community around the project while it is being produced (become a participant for $10.00).  For more information please click on  https://www.kickstarter.com and search Mark W. McGinnis. (for some mystical reason WordPress will not allow me to create a direct link to my page)

Below are the first four paintings in the project.

extinct - carolina parakeet - 2014-08-11 at 09-39-09 (1) extinct - western black rhino - 2014-08-11 at 09-35-56 extinct - chile darwin's frog - 2014-09-20 at 13-46-15 extinct - thylacine - 2014-09-20 at 13-47-43

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poplar Leaf Study: Version Two

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available at amazon.com paperback or kindle

Artist’s Statement

Version Two uses the same leaf paintings as Poplar Leaf Study: Version One but adds patterns, sketched images, and words to the backgrounds/negative spaces of the paintings. The words take the form of quotes related to leaves and my own thoughts regarding what was happening in my studio and life at the time of making the paintings.

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Poplar Leaf Study: Version One

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Artist’s Statement

Walking down a dirt trail that follows the Boise River on a lovely fall day — what could be better? The warm sun is on my back, light bounces off the rippled surface of the river, and the path is dappled with poplar leaves. What first catches my artist’s eye is the diversity of color, value, pattern, size, and texture of the leaves. No two leaves are deteriorating in the same way. This realization triggers a more philosophical direction in my thinking moving away from the initial fascination of design. The individuality of death is probably true of most organic life, including human beings. Although there are similar aspects of aging, the process is unique for all.

This thought brought to mind a classic teaching of the Buddha. In guiding his followers on developing an understanding of the transient nature of all existence, he encouraged his students to contemplate the disintegration of their own human body after death, following the body through each step of decay to the bones turning to dust.  While this may seem morbid to some people, it is a very effective way, with frequent repetition, to build an understanding of the very temporary nature of our own being. One of the Buddha’s most liberating teachings is the deep understanding of impermanence.

As I looked at the poplar leaves on the path they seemed to offer a beautiful analogy of this concept of impermanence. The cycle from green leaves fallen to dusty skeletons of leaf veins were arrayed before me. Since I feel intimately engaged in the aging process, I decided to contemplate the decay of the leaves as a substitute for my body. Painting has always been my tool of contemplation and learning. Use this book as an aid in your understanding of impermanence, or just reflect on the beauty and diversity of the leaves, either way — enjoy.

Mark W. McGinnis 21 poplar leaves 400 - 2013-11-05 at 10-52-22 22 poplar leaves 400 - 2013-11-04 at 13-57-15 23 poplar leaves 400 - 2013-11-04 at 13-59-38 24 poplar leaves 400 - 2013-11-04 at 14-02-08 polar leaves 8 - 2013-10-26 at 16-01-54 polar leaves 9 - 2013-10-26 at 16-04-01 polar leaves 10 - 2013-10-26 at 16-06-01 polar leaves 11 - 2013-10-26 at 16-07-40 polar leaves 12 - 2013-10-26 at 16-09-39 polar leaves 13 - 2013-10-26 at 16-11-05 polar leaves 14 - 2013-10-26 at 16-12-51 polar leaves 15 - 2013-10-26 at 16-14-24 polar leaves 16 - 2013-10-26 at 16-16-07 polar leaves 17 - 2013-10-26 at 16-17-44 polar leaves 18 - 2013-10-26 at 16-19-33 polar leaves 19 - 2013-10-26 at 16-23-02 poplar leaves 1 - 2013-10-16 at 14-46-37 poplar leaves 2 - 2013-10-16 at 14-48-14 poplar leaves 3 - 2013-10-16 at 14-50-54 poplar leaves 4 - 2013-10-16 at 14-52-36 poplar leaves 5 - 2013-10-16 at 14-54-33 poplar leaves 6 - 2013-10-16 at 14-56-17 poplar leaves 7 - 2013-10-16 at 14-57-28

Snake River Basin: 72 Paintings — New Book by Mark W. McGinnis

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Available in Paperback or Kindle versions at Amazon.com

Artist’s Statement

As I type these words I look at the blood vessels running through the back of my hands and fingers bringing oxygen and nutrients necessary for my life to continue. The Snake River Basin is much the same — its vast system of rivers, streams and lakes brings sustenance to one of the most beautiful regions of the United States.

The Snake River Basin stretches from the river’s headwaters in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming to the convergence of the Snake River with the Columbia River in Washington State. It encompasses nearly all of Idaho, a large section of Eastern Oregon, and parts of Washington, Wyoming, and Nevada. It is the drainage system for over two dozen mountain ranges including the Sawtooth, White Cloud, Bitterroot, Teton, Blue, and Owyhee.

There are also over two dozen tributary rivers that flow into the Snake River. These include the Boise, Big Wood, Clearwater, Palouse, Grand Ronde, Malheur, Payette, Weiser, Powder, Salt, and a great waterway in its own right, the Salmon River, the longest undammed river in the lower 48 states. Add to this the seemingly countless named and unnamed creeks, springs and lakes and you have one of North America’s most diverse and beautiful areas.

I lived most of my life on the flat lands of northeastern South Dakota. It is a place dominated by the enormous, ever-changing sky above and subtle beauties below. In moving to Idaho I was confronted with a vastly different environment. These paintings were a way to become acquainted with this region.

It was not my purpose to create photographically accurate images of the sites I chose. I filtered my visual experience through my perception, creativity, and skills and offer the viewer an experience of the Snake River Basin through my interpretation.

I traveled to all the sites depicted in this series and did photographic research. To be present with the trees, rivers, mountains, and air of the place was critical to the project. Back in my studio, I used my visual research and experience to create the paintings. The actual place depicted in each painting contains ten, twenty, maybe one hundred times more information than my painting. My goal was to select what I found of most interest in regard to place, color, and pattern. Deciding what to paint and what not to paint — what to edit out and what to emphasize was a primary part of my creative process.

The original paintings are all 11” X 14” on Fabriano Artistico Soft Press 300 pound paper. The painting medium is Golden Fluid Acrylics for the interior sections of the works and Maimeri Metallic Acrylics for the borders. The paper and fluid acrylics were chosen specifically as both are well-suited for both opaque and transparent painting techniques. This fusion of opaque and transparent ways of applying the paint to the paper is something I have been evolving for many years and continue to do so with each painting.

As with many of my projects in past years, this undertaking was a kind of self-education — an education of place. I hope the paintings might also help to reinforce the idea that the Snake River Basin is a great treasure. In the 20th Century this remarkable water system was manipulated and used for power, agriculture and mining. This created many benefits for some of the people of the region, but also caused much damage to the natural system. In the 21st Century my hope is that we preserve what is still here and restore what we can.

Mark W. McGinnis

18 New Paintings for the Snake River Basin Project

The following are 18 new paintings for my Snake River Basin Project. They are mostly from Southwest Idaho, Eastern Oregon, and Central Eastern Idaho. All are 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper.

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Mores Creek, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-owyhee river
Owyhee River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-malheur-south fork
Malheur River-South Fork, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-powder river valley
Powder River Valley, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-malhuer river
Malheur River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-billingsley creek -lr
Billingsley Creek, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-malard river gorge-or
Malad River Gorge, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-1000 springs
1000 Springs, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-snake river at 3 island crossing
Snake River at Three Island Crossing, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-shoshone falls on the snake river crossing
Shoshone Falls on the Snake River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-snake river valley
Snake River Canyon, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-spring near shoshone falls
Spring Near Shoshone Falls, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-salmon river
Salmon River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-bruneau river canyon
Bruneau River Canyon, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-salmon river-north fork
Salmon River-North Fork, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
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Pahsimeroi River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-salmon river-east fork
Salmon River-East Fork, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-lehmi river
Lehmi River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis

The Painted Cloud Messenger — A New Book by Mark W. McGinnis

 

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

This book of 90 paintings is based on  a poem titled Meghaduta (Cloud Messenger) by India’s greatest Sanskrit poet, Kalidasa (c. 400-500 AD). His surviving work includes plays, epic poems and lyric poems. Cloud Messenger is among the latter — a remarkable love poem. It is a story of a Yaksha (a semi-god) who has been banished for a year to a remote mountain for neglecting his duty to his master, Kubera, the god of wealth. After eight months of separation from his beloved young wife he sees a cloud touching the mountaintop and the poem is a long monologue by the Yaksha to the cloud. He asks the cloud to carry his message of love to his wife. He then goes on to describe the journey the cloud will have to his wife’s distant dwelling and outlines the details of their meeting. It is a vibrantly visual poem filled with sensuous detail.

 

While I find the love poem wonderful in its fantasy, sincerity and tasteful eroticism, what drew me to the poem so strongly was its sumptuous description of the natural world. Its vivid narrative of the land, sky, trees, plants, flowers, animals and birds created paintings in my mind on my first reading. After studying many translations of the poem I rewrote it to put it in a more accessible voice for the contemporary reader, taking some liberties for artistic expression and story clarity.

 

The original paintings are 8 ½” X 8 ½”, acrylic on paper. The style of paintings are a fusion of my study of Kangra paintings of the 18th and 19th century India and my own stylistic development of the past 35 years.

 

It is my hope that Cloud Messenger will bring the viewer appreciation for this ancient classic and increased interest in the literature and culture of India.

 

Mark W. McGinnis

 

 

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The NEW Snake River Basin Series

Yes, the NEW Snake River Basin Series. I am afraid the PREVIOUS Snake River Basin Series, consisting of large scale multi-panel pieces, was too much for my physical limitations and I have had to revision my approach. This new series will all be 11″ X 14″. acrylic on 300# paper. The Snake River Basin encompasses most of Idaho, and parts of Wyoming, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. It is my hope to sample much of this region in the coming years.

Snake River Basin: Payette River, South Fork, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Salmon River, Near Headwaters, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Lower Salmon River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Jordan Creek, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Snake River in Hell’s Canyon, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Weiser River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Payette River, North Fork, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Owyhee River, North Fork, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Little Salmon River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Boise River in Flood, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis