On the surface, First Tracks is a still life of antique skis, poles, and boots. But on a deeper level, I used this exquisite equipment to study the aesthetics of both balance and contrast.
The composition was a challenge. I had to figure out how to compose an interesting painting using long narrow, rather dull objects. I solved that by positioning the skis where they were fully visible yet at an angle that would create intriguing shadows.
I ended up staging the work in my garage so that I could make use of the strong Arizona sun. The natural sunlight helped to create the interesting shadows, and the blue sky outside reflected in the floor and in patina of the skis.
My inspiration for First Tracks was a visit to the Alf Engen Ski Museum in Park City, Utah. All the ski equipment in the image is from the 1940s: The skis are varnished wood, the boots leather, and the posts are bamboo with leather wrapping. A companion piece,Snow Day was painted around the same time.
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