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Creating "Granite Creek"

Nov 26, 2015

The concept for the painting "Granite Creek” is a modernization of a photograph of three men panning for gold in British Columbia in the early 1900s. The first step was to translate the photograph into a painting in realism style. Then deconstruct the image utilizing the influences of Picasso, Mondrian, Miro and Stewart Stephenson’s unique style. The objective was to create an artwork that retained the story and recognizable image but in a modern contemporary theme while maintaining a museum quality piece of fine art.  The canopy of the trees and sky coupled with the water below manifest the image in such a way that it forces a panorama perspective that is astounding to the viewer’s eye. The use of ornate patterns in the tress and water are inspired by First Nations Art that British Columbia is known for. The use of blue tone patterns represent the sky, the bright yellows, reds, and oranges represent the sun and brightness of life, all shinning through the mass of trees and thicket of a natural British Columbia landscape. The three men illustrate the essence of community. The greens in the tress embody the lush environment of the Pacific Northwest. Having all the elements of the painting be in a current state of motion make it flow as one even with the different attributes that make “Granite Creek” solely unmatched. From sky to the awning of the tree tops to the thicket of the forest then the men’s hands down to the rocks and into the water. That makes this piece truly one of a kind and in a style that is uniquely Stewart Stephenson.