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The Great Wide Open

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We are SO excited to be able to introduce you to our newest collection of art prints! We call this series “The Great Wide Open”, and it is the celebration of the beautiful, majestic places of untouched America. What you see here is the culmination of several months of work. From concept, to painting, to figuring out the logistics for production, to photographing them, it took several of us many hours to get to this point. But we are thrilled with the outcome, and just filled with pride in knowing that hard work pays off!

We all put in a lot of time and effort in our own ways, but I guess the whole idea for this project started in my head, so let me TRY and describe to you where that came from. This might get kind of wordy, and formal sounding, but I’m going to go ahead and say it…

I’ve always been drawn to big wide open spaces. Those untouched parts of our country, places that still look the same as they did before our nation existed. Places where you can see for miles and the sky is big and huge. This may come from growing up on the prairie in central Missouri surrounded by farmland as far as the eye can see. But, I also love the view from the top of a mountain, or gazing out over the vastness of the ocean. Give me a clear view of the sky and I could watch clouds float by all day long. There’s something about being in a big place and feeling so small, that makes me appreciate the grandness and beauty of the world, and I wanted to capture that in some way. Each of the five paintings included in the series are based on photographs that I took, or memories of places that left a big impression on me. The words and text are hand painted as well, and come from the songs “America the Beautiful” and “Home on the Range”.

So, that’s how I would DESCRIBE this collection to you, but if you are more of a picture person, like I am, here are some photos so you can SEE this series and how it developed, from concept, to a painting on my studio table, to the final piece…

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Waves of Grain

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Sea to Shining Sea

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Where the Buffalo Roam

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Wild Rocky Mountains

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Cloudy Skies

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We hope you are clearing a spot on your wall for one of these! The series includes five original paintings which are reproduced as prints on birch plywood. They are available in two different sizes, finished with a sturdy oak frame, and sealed with a UV coating to last for years to come! For more information and to purchase one of these you can see them in our shop, right here.

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:: Carrie ::

The Great Road Trip of 2011: Things that Inspire Me

There sure are some exciting things going on here at 1canoe2. It is a busy season – moving into a new workspace, shipping lots of orders, cranking out new designs, and being featured in a nationally circulated magazine. But, I don’t want to get so sucked into all that we have happening and forget to share with you some more of what we are calling “The Great Road Trip of 2011”.

I’ve always been a nature girl. Give me a creek where I can skip rocks or a campfire to sit by and I’m happy. Give me some paper and a pen and my drawings usually lean toward flowers and trees. The natural world amazes and inspires me, and one goal for this trip was to come home with some inspiration. Mission accomplished.

Here are some things that inspire me:

And, have you ever been to Yellowstone and seen Old Faithful erupt? I shot this video when we visited, and I love the reaction from the people around us. That geyser sure is a crowd pleaser!

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::Carrie::