Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Maynard Dixon Show in Scottsdale Is Up And It's A Must See

October 16, 2019
   The new Maynard Dixon show is up at the Scottsdale Museum of the West. Almost every one of Maynard's classic paintings and drawings are in the show, but this little oil painting stole my heart. 

   This painting captures the view from Maynard's cabin in Mount Carmel, Utah, where Kathy and I had the pleasure and honor staying last year. Just a stunner.

   There was a pre-opening showing last Sunday night and I got there an hour early so I could see the show without the crowds pressing in:

The opening panels of the show.

   This photograph in the background shows Maynard painting a large saguaro with the Catalinas in the background. In the foreground is the finished painting on the actual studio easel he painted it on. Note that he chose to take out the clouds in the underpainting (it was a cloudy day).

   I also enjoyed seeing the many magazine assignments like this sweet doubletruck (Maynard is leaving room at left for type.

   And here's another scene, done from life that I enjoyed.

The Gamblers

   This incredible design and execution just melts my heart. Wow! How in the hell did he come up with this?

The Tortalitas north of Tucson

   I love the downward drooping arms (which you rarely see in paintings) and the low angle, the base is obviously off the edge of a ridge.

   Next time you see Mark Sublette, or Dr. Tricia Loscher, or Abe Hays, or Mike Fox at the museum, be sure to thank them for a stunning show.

"Your ancestors outnumber your fears. Feel their power."
—Old Vaquero Saying

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