Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sales and New Works

Hello Everyone,

Highlands Art Gallery in Lambertville, NJ, one of the top fine art galleries on the East Coast, sold three of my paintings this last weekend. Many thanks to Cheryl at Highlands for all her hard work. The last three paintings in this post are the ones that sold.

Below is my latest painting, it is of Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. A long and narrow lake with numerous boulders lining its shore, Dream Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the park. Its intense emerald water abounds with Cutthroat Trout, while Hallett Peak towers over its west end. I got this vantage point from standing on one of the boulder outcroppings on the north side of the lake. The background of the painting is the base of Hallett Peak.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Jason Tako

Dream Lake
Oil on linen panel, 11x14
$1,200 framed.
Contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.

Oil on linen panel, 11x14

Blue Barn and Hay bales
Oil on linen, 12x24

Teal in Morning Mist
Oil on linen, 18x24


Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Sharkstooth Peaks

Sharkstooth Peaks
Oil on linen panel, 12x12
$1,200. Contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.

The Sharkstooth Peaks are in Rocky Mountain National Park, near Emerald Lake. I climbed up a series of large boulders in order to paint a field study that was used for this studio painting. I was attracted to the strong diagonals, offset by the vertical trees. The clouds provide some abstract relief to a composition that otherwise has very strong directional lines. This area was very peaceful and the beauty was incredible.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Lake of Glass

Hello Everyone,

It has been several months since I last posted on my blog. In September, my family and I went to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. I was able to get incredible reference material that I'm working on translating into paintings.

The painting I posted today is of Lake of Glass, a beautiful alpine lake that is surrounded on three sides by a cathedral of mountain peaks. To get there, one has to hike almost 4.5 miles with a 1,700 foot elevation gain. Keep in mind you start out at over 9,000 feet above sea level. I did this hike with 30 lbs of painting gear on my back. I knew a camera would not capture all the beautiful colors or the large feel of the mountains.

The hike was long but beautiful. I passed through cliffs, lakes, waterfalls, wooded creeks, and a field of boulders as I got higher and closer to my destination. Almost at the end of the hike, in order to reach Lake of Glass, one must do an almost vertical 30 foot climb up the side of Timberline Falls. As I started to climb I almost panicked because I could feel the weight of my backpack pulling on me. So I climbed back down.

I stood there for a few minutes, debating if I should just give up and go back or take the risk and climb. I had trained for months to make this hike, but I didn't want to break my neck going up the waterfall. Finally, I emptied by backpack of the excess things I knew I wouldn't immediately need and hid these things in a nearby bush. I then made the climb. When I got over the rocks my breathe was almost taken away by the incredible view, as well as the incredibly strong and cold wind that blasted my face. The wind can be very strong when you are over 10,000 feet above sea level.

After I set up my painting gear I realized I had accidentally unpacked my white paint and left it below the waterfall. So I climbed back down, got the paint and climbed back up. I did two field studies while there. Later, another artist who had made the climb arrived and painted next to me. It was nice to have some company. When my second painting was completed I packed up and made the climb back down the waterfall. I was happy to get back down without breaking my neck. After that I made the almost 4.5 mile trek back to my car.

I had never been so exhausted as I was after that hike, but the field studies have proved invaluable in recording the atmosphere and colors I saw. And I felt a sense of accomplishment in overcoming my fears in making the climb.

This painting is a studio study, oil on linen panel, 14" x 11". I have already started a large version which will be 48" x 36". This study is available at Highlands Art Gallery in Lambertville, PA. If you are interested in adding this beautiful painting to your collection contact Highlands at highlandsart@comcast.net.

Lake of Glass Study
oil on linen panel, 14" x 11"
$1,200, framed. Contact Highlands Art Gallery to inquire: highlandsart@comcast.net
See more at www.JasonTako.com

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Governor's Mansion Exhibit

Hello Everyone,

I'm happy to announce that my painting Regolith Shadows has been selected to be exhibited in Governor Tom Wolf's Mansion in the Pennsylvania Arts Experience Exhibit. This exhibition begins this September.

My trip to Wyoming last autumn was incredibly inspiring. From our cabin window we could see the Ramshorn, a mountain peak in the Absarokas. On the second morning of our stay I headed south and painted the Ramshorn from the town of Dubois. That little field study resulted in the painting below.

Morning Light on the Ramshorn captures the dramatic shadow patterns on the desert-like foothills that lay before the Ramshorn Peak. Contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.

Morning Light on the Ramshorn
Oil on linen, 12"x24"
$2,500, framed.
Contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.

Regolith Shadows
Oil on linen, 30"x24"
Accepted into PAE Exhibit in Governor Tom Wolf's Mansion. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Autumn on the Wind River

Hello Everyone,

"Thunder on the Prairie" sold at Highlands Art Gallery. Many thanks to Highlands!

My latest painting was inspired by a scene near the Wind River in western Wyoming. This butte, in the Wind River Reservation, caught my attention as we traveled north along Highway 26 to our cabin in Dubois, Wyoming. My wife and children played along the Wind River while I painted and photographed. It was a gorgeous autumn morning, listening to the sound of the water as I painted.

The composition of this painting was based upon the harmonic divisions first discovered by the Ionian Greek mathematician Pythagoras. In the foreground is an old Cottonwood Tree that is barely hanging on for life, yet still displaying beautiful autumn colors. The main tree branches, as well as the shoreline of the river and parts of the butte follow the Pythagorean divisions. The path on the left, along with the river, lead your eye into the scene and echo the slant of the butte. The thin branches contrast the mass of the rocks while the straight line of the river adds stability to a scene that is otherwise composed of angles.

This painting would look wonderful in a cabin, home or office. Contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire. See more at www.JasonTako.com.

Old Cottonwood & Butte
Oil on linen, 18"x24"
$3,000, contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.

Thunder on the Prairie
Oil on linen, 18"x24"

Among the Cottonwoods
Oil on linen, 24"x36"
$7,000, contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Show Acceptance!

Hello Everyone,

I'm happy to announce that my painting "Aspen Serenity" 11"x14" was accepted into the Invitational Small Works Show at Howard/Mandville Gallery in Kirkland, WA.

Aspen Serenity
Oil on linen panel, 11"x14"
$1,200, contact Jason to inquire about availability.

Among the Cottonwoods
Oil on linen, 24"x36"
$7,000, contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.

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.