Indian Summer

Indian Summer

Indian Summer – Bugling elk, (1999)
Signed and Numbered Limited Edition of 1,500, Offset on Paper
Current Market Price will apply.
Please inquire about the availability of Artist’s Proofs
Image Size 22¼” x 31″
Print no longer available from the Publisher.

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Indian Summer – Bugling elk, (1999)
Signed and Numbered Limited Edition of 250, Giclee on Canvas
Retail Price at Issue $985
Please inquire about the availability of Artist’s Proofs
Image Size 31″ x 44″
Print no longer available from the Publisher. Current market price will apply. Please inquire for details.

Interested buyers please contact Tracy Morrison (Conservation Design) at Email: aprintjock@gmail.com; Phone: 1-781-585-9871;
Located in Duxbury MA

Almost every year autumn leads me to Yellowstone National Park. I feel bad when I have to skip a year. The main reason for this is the spectacular bugling of the elk. I don’t want to miss it. Every time that terrifying sound of the bugling male elk and its nervous behavior give me the same thrill. Again and again, I want to hear it.

During that season, elk are easy to spot in the park right from your car window. But that’s not what I want. I want to meet them on a hiking trip, with my feet in the middle of nature, alone with those magnificent animals competing with other males and herding their cows into the clearings.

I tried to capture such a moment in this painting. To increase the dramatic feeling, I chose a strong backlight, not usual for me. It was a real challenge. One has to use strong contrast and warm and cool colors to get the right effect. The story of light is very present in this scene: a light that only exists in the Indian summer in the West. This unique light makes sagebrush, something else that is typical of the West, very exciting to paint, and so it is a dominant part of this painting. The mountain slopes and dry plains of the West are covered with these brushes. Sagebrush usually grows from 3 to 6 feet in height. Its many branches have small, wedge-shaped leaves with three teeth at the outer end. When the pale sunlight of Indian summer illuminates this beautiful silvery-gray foliage, the effect is really quite special, and it is one that also complements the coloring of the elk.

After finishing this piece, I was so grateful that it turned out so well — that I could record such a scene with only some paint and some brushes! The end result is not always evident when you’re in the middle of a painting, but when you are successful it’s always a surprise, and it always gives me great pleasure.

— Carl Brenders