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Yellowstone 11

Oil Painting

Created by Virginia Bradley
The "Yellowstone Series" references the Fountain Paint Pots in the Gibbon Geyser Basin at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Thermal features in the basin include over 50 springs, geysers, vents, and mud pots. The behavior of the thermal activity changes in relationship to seasons of the year and the amount of subterranean water. Shades of blue, red, yellow, orange, grey and brown are present in the water and mud creating varying combinations of textures and color. The differing colors are derived from oxidation of the iron in the mud. Rising gases and heat cause the bubbling action in the Paint Pots. These paintings depart from photographs the artist took at Basin after the first snow had fallen. The very cold nights were contrasted with warm days creating a rich, steamy, and colorful world to investigate.

On gallery-wrapped canvas with painted sides.

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