Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Among the Cottonwoods-Moose

Hello Everyone,

I apologize for taking a long time to post. I have been working on several paintings and when I get into painting, I often neglect other things like eating healthy, exercise, social life, and blog posts.

Below is one of my latest and probably one of my best wildlife paintings to date. I spent weeks doing preliminary studies and working out the composition, which is based on golden section proportions. I saw this scene at Gros Ventre Campground in Grand Teton National Park. It was the peak of autumn and the colors were blazing. A mother moose kept careful watch over her calf as they quietly walked among the golden cottonwoods on a perfect autumn morning.

This painting sings with sunlight and brilliant color. The eye dances through the pattern of the cottonwood trunks and rests on the moose before going back into the deeper part of the trees on the right side of the painting. The fallen branch on the left echoes the angle of the moose's body and neck. The foreground sage brush is created with thick strokes of impasto paint applied in an abstract manner which creates an interesting texture up close, but when the viewer steps back these strokes transform into the realistic look of sage. The large cottonwood trunks also echo the large feel of the moose while the small branches and leaves add variety of shape.

This painting would look beautiful over a fireplace, or gracing the walls of a log cabin or a vacation home, or impress your colleagues by hanging this in your office conference room. Contact Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.


Among the Cottonwoods
24"x36", oil on linen.
$7,000 framed.

Contact Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

History Meets the Arts

Hello Everyone,

This Friday begins History Meets the Arts, an incredible show put on by Lord Nelson's Gallery in Gettysburg, PA. For those who have been there, you know the incredible quality of art at the show, created by some of best known artists in the genre, as well as the custom-made black-powdered long rifles, 18th century knifes, powder horns, furniture and historical books that are also exhibited and sold at the show.

I will be featuring a new set of paintings at this years exhibit. While many artists in the past have created narrative and landscape paintings based on the Lewis and Clark expedition, I have created a unique set of five paintings based on mammals that were scientifically discovered and documented on the Corps of Discovery Expedition.

This is a unique combination of wildlife art and historical art. And to emphasize this, I have hand-written in 19th century script, excerpts from the Lewis and Clark journals where they first describe these animals they experienced. These excerpts are written on parchment and mounted on foam-core for display with the corresponding painting. Each painting, as well as the descriptions can be viewed below.

This is a unique set of paintings for the wildlife art lover, and the elegant hand-written description give each painting a historical interest. Each painting is 11"x14", oil on linen panel, $1,200 separately or $5,000 for the entire set ($1,000 savings), each description is 8"x10" and is included with the price of the painting. I hope you will come to History Meets the Arts to see this one-of-a-kind collection of paintings and add them to your collection. If you cannot come to the show, but would like to add these paintings to your collection, contact Lord Nelson's Gallery at 1-800-664-9797, or email me at Jason@JasonTako.com



















Monday, June 1, 2015

Awards and Sales

Hello Everyone,

I'm honored to announce that my painting "Painted Paints" (see below) received the First Place Award at Plein Air Camp Hill! This years show had some of the strongest work ever in Camp Hill. My thanks to Dennis Akin, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and judge of this years event, and to all the other artists who participated and created such beautiful work.

Along with First Place, my quick draw painting (see below) received the Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence as well as the People's Choice Quick Draw Award. This was an incredible event for me, not only for the awards and sales, but even more for the fact that I stumbled onto something that has rarely been tried at Plein Air events, painting animals from life.

I will be showing a special exhibit of wildlife paintings based on the Lewis and Clark Expedition at History Meets the Arts, June 12-14th in Gettysburg, PA. Don't miss this incredible event. See more of my work at JasonTako.com


Painted Paints
First Place Award Plein Air Camp Hill
$1,500-Sold.

Evening Paint
$1,200-Sold.

The Dentist's House
Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence and People's Choice Award.
$1,000-Sold.

Sunset (not pictured due to the fact I couldn't get it photographed before it sold)
$500-Sold.

Jason with his quick draw painting in front of the subject.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Plein Air Camp Hill Tonight!

Hello Everyone,

This evening is the opening for Plein Air Camp Hill. This year I decided to challenge myself and paint a subject that constantly moves, horses. For me, this was a much longer process than the typical landscape painting executed en plein air. I spent the preceding weeks sketching horses from life to learn their anatomy and movement. This was important because during plein air competitions you cannot use photography in the creation of your work, and I knew the horses would not pose for me for the final painting. I also created a barn painting, one of my favorite subjects to paint. However the horses, while very challenging, were a delight to paint, and I may continue to explore painting animals en plein air.

Click here for more information on the Collector's Preview Party this evening.

Painted Paints
Oil on linen panel, 12x16
$1,500, framed.

Evening Paint
Oil on linen panel, 11x14
$1,200, framed.

Fresh Hay Bales
Oil on linen panel, 11x14
$1,200, framed.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

12 Days didn't last 12 minutes

Hello Everyone,

I'm very excited to announce that my 12 Days of Christmas wildlife exhibit didn't even last 12 minutes at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo. Thursday afternoon. before the Preview Night even opened, a very prominent art collector was allowed to look at the art. And before walking out without buying anything, he and his wife saw the 12 Days exhibit and bought it on the spot for the special Thursday night purchase price of $11,000 for the entire set. I have to say it was a wonderful feeling to start the show with such a great sale. The set received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from collectors as well as artists. My thanks to the people at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo for putting on such a great show.

This weekend is another incredible show, NatureWorks in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I will have some of my newest work at this prestigious event (see below). If you can make it, do yourself a favor and attend this incredible show. Click here for more information. I hope to see you there.

Jason

Golden Corridor
Oil on linen, 16"x12"
$1,500, framed.

The Fight
Oil on linen, 12"x24"
$2,500, framed.

Pronghorn Study
Oil on panel, 8"x10"
$500, framed.

Regolith Shadows
Oil on linen, 30"x24"
$6,000, framed.

The Overlord
Oil on linen, 18"x36"
$6,500, framed.

Monday, February 9, 2015

New paintings and SEWE!

Hello Everyone,

The Southeastern Wildlife Expo is this coming weekend in Charleston, SC. As I stated in my previous post, my special 12 Days of Christmas project will be exhibited there along with some new paintings which I have posted below the the 12 Days images. If you can make it to this incredible event please stop by my booth and say hello. The 12 Days project is a unique project that has never been done before. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event.

The 12 Days of Christmas
All paintings are 9"x12", oil on linen panel and will be available at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo this weekend. If you are interested in bidding on an individual painting or adding the entire set contact me or John Powell at jpowell@sewe.com

Partridge in a Pear Tree

Two Turtle Doves

Three French Hens

Four Calling Birds

Five Gold Rings

Six Geese a Laying

Seven Swans a Swimming

Eight Maids a Milking

Nine Ladies Dancing

Ten Lords a Leaping

Eleven Pipers Piping

Twelve Drummers Drumming

Other paintings that will be exhibited for the first time at SEWE.
The Overlord
18"x36" oil on linen
$6,500, custom framed.

Pronghorn Study
8"x10" oil on panel
$500, framed.

Regolith Shadows
30"x24", oil on linen
$6,000, framed.

Golden Corridor
16"x12", oil on linen
$1,500, framed.

See more at www.JasonTako.com



Monday, December 22, 2014

12 Days of Christmas

Hello Everyone,

I hope that everyone is getting prepared for this joyous season which is now upon us. Christmas has always been one of my favorite times of the year, but as a child I always got somewhat depressed on the night of December 25th because I thought it was all over. As an adult, I learned that December 25th was actually the beginning of Christmas, whereas the time before is known as Advent. Traditionally, as the song says, Christmas lasts for 12 days, beginning on the 25th. I wish I would have known that as a child.

The Southeastern Wildlife Expo is celebrating this with their exhibition of The 12 Days of SEWE Christmas. While the exhibition is happening well after the Christmas season, it promises to be one of the most unique exhibitions to ever happen in the field of wildlife art. I have the honor of being selected as the artist to create all 12 paintings for this one-of-a-kind exhibition that will happen from February 13-15, 2015 in Charleston, SC at the Charleston Place hotel.

So far I have eight of the paintings completed, and only a few have been revealed to the public. Below are some of the paintings with an explanation as to how they correspond to the song The 12 Days of Christmas. The entire set will be featured at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo, along with some of my other newest paintings. The 12 Days paintings will be sold via silent auction, and you can bid on the entire set or an individual painting. All paintings are 9"x12", oil on linen panel, and will be framed identically. If you are interested in placing an early bid on any of the 12 Days paintings, please let me know. I hope to see you at SEWE to celebrate with me this incredible honor of being selected to create this once in a lifetime exhibition. Have a Merry Christmas!

Sincerely,

Jason Tako
www.JasonTako.com

12 Days of SEWE Christmas
Three French Hens
Pretty self explanatory, I saw these hens in central Pennsylvania in a barn. It was a joy to paint them with their simple yet beautiful soft feathers. I combined soft and hard edges to create a pleasing variety of textures in this painting.

12 Days of SEWE Christmas
Four Calling Birds
In my research on the song The 12 Days of Christmas, I learned that the song has gone through numerous lyrical transitions since its first known documentation in the 18th century. The original version of the song was not "four calling birds" but "four colly birds," which was a regional English expression for "black." These immature ravens have both bases covered.

12 Days of SEWE Christmas
Six Geese a Laying
I couldn't think of a better goose to show in a Christmas-themed painting than Snow Geese. These geese are resting/laying on the shoreline of a pond. Once again this painting shows a beautiful handling of edges and values.

12 Days of SEWE Christmas
Seven Swans a Swimming
Once again pretty self explanatory, this was actually the first painting I did for the series. This painting combines palette knife work with soft brushwork and has received praise from both artists and collectors alike. The swans are painted in a manner not usually seen in wildlife art.

12 Days of SEWE Christmas
Eight Maids a Milking
This one may make you scratch you head a little and is probably the last thing you would think of when you hear "Eight Maids a Milking." Applying the phrase to wildlife art was a challenge until I learned that female Monarch butterflies love milkweed blossoms for laying eggs in. I guess if they are laying eggs then technically they would not be maids, but it was close so I went with it.

12 Days of SEWE Christmas
Ten Lords a Leaping
I agonized for a long time on what I would do for this phrase in the song. Some people suggested lions but you usually wouldn't see 10 male lions in one place jumping over something. In Wyoming, I saw some mule deer leaping over a fence and it clicked. One use of the word "lord" in Renaissance times was to refer to someone of the male gender. After the rut, deer will eventually form back into bachelor groups. This shows the last of 10 bucks jumping over a ranch fence.


Other paintings available

Absaroka Elk Study
While in Wyoming, I saw a large bull elk while wandering around the Absaroka mountains late in the evening. This painting expresses the feeling I had while in the vast wilderness as night quickly approached.
9x12, oil on linen panel
$1,000, framed
Contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.

Thunder on the Prairie
The prairie is known for incredible storms, and bison are a trademark of the American west. The word "thunder" has a double meaning, for both the storm and the sound of bison roaming the prairie.
18x24, oil on linen
$3,000, framed
Contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.

Blue Barn and Hay Bales
This was such a unique and beautiful barn, how often do you see blue barns? Its color was a perfect compliment for the surrounding late autumn foliage and rust on the aluminum roof.
12x24, oil on linen
$2,600, framed
Contact Highlands Art Gallery at 908-766-2720 to inquire.

One Last Look
Almost every morning we were visited by mule deer at the cabin we were staying at while in Wyoming. This beautiful buck arrived toward the end of our stay. Mule deer are well known for their tendency to look back one last time before running off. Of course this tendency doesn't help them during hunting season. I have been asked which scenario applies in this painting. I leave that up to the viewer to decide.
18x24, oil on linen
$3,000, framed
Contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.