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Work In Progress – Visionary – Stan Bearpaw

Work In Progress – Visionary – Stan Bearpaw

This painting is my first miniature. The size is 7” x 5”. This is Stan Bearpaw. Stan is a friend and neighbor from Cody, WY. He is a full-blooded Cherokee and he is the great, great, great nephew of the famous Indian Outlaw, Ned Christie. This painting is traditional oils on Realgesso Masonite. This is day two. I have roughed in the feathers and hair on his head dress, along with the upper part of his face. This is the final version. Thanks for riding along. Stay tuned, there are many more of my works in progress to come. Denny

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Work In Progress – Cheyenne Moon – Danny Reyes

Work In Progress – Cheyenne Moon – Danny Reyes

This is Danny Reyes from the Cheyenne Nation. This painting is traditional oils on Ampersand Gessobord Masonite. The finished size is 11" x 14". Here is version one. On day one, I painted in all the dark areas. This is day two. I have laid in the base coat for the upper head feathers. Day three. Here I painted the base coat on his face. Day four. I spent the entire day roughing in his porcupine quill collar/chest plate and ear rings plus I added more detail to his face. This is the final version. I finished detailing out his upper feathers, painted in David's collar feathers and lastly, I signed it. I wanted to point out something in this painting that I didn't notice until after I was about half way through the painting. If you look closely, check out the gold shape on David's face. It is very cleverly painted to represent a crescent moon using his actual eye and nose, giving us the title that Andrew and I came up with, Cheyenne Moon. Here are two close-ups of my final version to show all the detail. Thanks for riding along. Stay tuned, there are many more of…

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Work In Progress – Bill Nunn, Sr. – Pittsburgh Steeler Scout

Work In Progress – Bill Nunn, Sr. – Pittsburgh Steeler Scout

Hardcore Steeler fans know him as the longtime Steelers scout with the five Super Bowl rings or the former Courier sports writer, local promoter, collegiate basketball star. For certain, he was celebrated locally for many things, a jack of many trades. But when he constructed a bridge between the Steelers and the black colleges that produced such players as John Stallworth, Mel Blount and Donnie Shell, this Bill Nunn became notable simply in one respect: "Super Scout!" This painting is traditional oils on Ampersand Gessobord Masonite. The finished size is 13" x 16". This is day two. Here I have added in the base flesh tones on his face. Day three. I finished detailing his face. I have added the base flesh tones on his hands and roughed in his 1979 Super Bowl ring. Day four. I spent the entire day finishing his hands, ring and laid in the background color. This is day five. I roughed in the base coat on his shirt. Here is the final. I finished detailing the cloth detail on Bill's shirt and finally signed it. This is a photograph that my wife Leigh took of Bill Nunn, myself and Hall of Famer, Jack Butler.…

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Work In Progress – An American Spirit

Work In Progress – An American Spirit

This is my very close friend here in Cody. His name is Greg Koschtial. Leigh and I met him in 2004 when he was outbid on my pistol piece that was up for auction at the Buffalo Bill History Center. The next day, we came into his store and I gave him a signed print I had. A few weeks later, a beautiful sterling silver, handmade bison pin with a 22ct. gold horn arrived in my mailbox. Greg is a master craftsman jeweler. We soon became really good friends after that. Just before we moved here in 2007, Greg lost his left leg in a terrible motorcycle accident. He was riding near Jackson Hole, WY with a friend, and a friend of his friend. Greg spotted a large bull bison near the road and he pulled off on the berm to wait until the others caught up. The friend of a friend, wasn't paying attention because he was standing up on his bike taking pictures and he didn't see Greg. He slammed into his fiberglass bags on Greg's Honda Gold Wing bike. They exploded into big pieces of sharp razors that cut his leg almost completely off. Thank God an…

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Work In Progress – Christina

Work In Progress – Christina

This is Christina Tift. She is originally from Denmark. I met Christina and her husband, Jeff a few years back at the Cody, Wyoming Annual Horse Auction. They live in Sheridan, WY. This painting is traditional oils on Ampersand Gessobord Masonite. The finished size is 16" x 16". Here is version one. On day one, I laid down a base coat for Christina’s Stetson, face, scarf, hair and leather collar. This is day two. I have added more detail to her face and laid down my base coat for her wool coat and hands. Day three. I finished detailing her upper body. I also added the leather trim on the top of her chaps and the decorative leather trim with the Conchos on the front of her jeans. Day four. I spent the entire day roughing in the back of her saddle, saddle blanket and the horse’s rear. Day five. Here I have laid in the base coat for her beautiful, weathered chaps. Day six. I finished detailing her chaps and the back of her saddle. I was able to lay in the base coat for the front of her saddle. Day seven. Here I laid in the horse’s neck,…

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Work In Progress – Proud – Jay Eagle

Work In Progress – Proud – Jay Eagle

This fine young man is Native American, Jay Eagle from Bullhead, South Dakota. Jay is Hunkpapa/Oglala Lakota. This painting is traditional oils on Ampersand Gessobord Masonite. The finished size is 16" x 16". Here is version one. On day one, I laid down a base coat for Jay’s face. This is day two. I have added some detail to his face and laid down my base coat for Jay’s leather bonnet straps, neck and the top of his cloth necklace that holds a feathered pendent that is just out of the picture. Day three. Here I added the cloth that is wrapped around his long hair braids. I also roughed in the feather cluster on his left shoulder. Day four. I spent the entire day roughing in all the feathers in his bonnet and more detail to his face. This is the final version. I finished detailing out his bonnet feathers, painted in the off-white background and lastly, I signed it. Here are two close-ups of my final version to show all the detail. Thanks for riding along. Stay tuned, there are many more of my works in progress to come. Denny

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Work In Progress – Standing Tall – Ben Roethlisberger

Work In Progress – Standing Tall – Ben Roethlisberger

This is Pittsburgh Steeler All-Pro Quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.This painting is traditional oils on museum-grade Masonite. The finished size is 20" x 16".Here is version one. I laid down the base coat for his helmet shell. A lot more detail to come! This is day two. After his helmet and cage dried, I was able to paint the melted snow droplets on the surfaces. I also roughed in Ben's face and added the Duke Football. Day three. Here I roughed in the upper part of his jersey, his long sleeved turtleneck shirt along with his leather gloves. Day four. I spent the day roughing in the front of Ben’s jersey that is a nylon mesh. I also added the Pittsburgh Steeler and NFL Equipment patches to his jersey. Day five. Today I added a lot of the creases and folds in his jersey. I also added the faint white dots which shows his white shoulder pads underneath. I painted in his number 7 to his jersey as well. Day six. I spent the better part of this day painting in all the black mesh holes in Ben’s jersey front. Day seven. Here, I laid in the background color. This is the…

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Work In Progress – The Mountain King, Gage Skinner

Work In Progress – The Mountain King, Gage Skinner

This is Gage Skinner. Gage is a cultural anthropologist, widely-traveled former Peace Corp Volunteer, Foreign Service Officer (South America), State and National Park Service Ranger (Oklahoma and the Rocky Mountain Region), professor at Grossmont-Cuyamaca College District, Fur Trade historian, re-enactor and poet. Gage posed for me in 2006 at the Mountain Man Rendezvous in Pinedale, Wyoming. This painting is traditional oils on "Realgesso" Masonite. Day two. Day three. Day four. Day five. Day six. Here is the final version of Gage's portrait. Here are two close-ups of my final version to show all the detail. Thanks for riding along. Stay tuned, there are many more of my works in progress to come. Denny

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Work In Progress – A Wyoming Spirit, Brett Keisel

Work In Progress – A Wyoming Spirit, Brett Keisel

This is Pittsburgh Steeler Defensive End, Brett Keisel from Greybull, Wyoming. I posed him where he hunts, up on the famous Carter Mountain Range. This is located right above where we live in Cody, Wyoming. This painting is traditional oils on museum-grade Masonite. The finished size is 18" x 24". Day two. Day three. Day four. Day five. Day six. Day seven. Day eight. Here is the final version of Brett's portrait. Here are four close-ups of my final version to show all the detail. One little side note, if you look at the last close-up, you will see a small pair of buffalo tracks after my signature. This is to commemorate Brett’s High School mascot and my company name. I want to thank Brett for allowing me to paint his image. Also, I want to thank my wife Leigh, for taking her valuable time to photograph all the images of this painting. Thanks for riding along. Stay tuned, there are many more of my works in progress to come. Denny

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Work In Progress – :09 Seconds Remaining – Brett Keisel

Work In Progress – :09 Seconds Remaining – Brett Keisel

This is Steeler Defensive End, Brett Keisel from Greybull, Wyoming. This painting is traditional oils on museum-grade Masonite. The finished size is 16" x 20". Here is version one. I laid down the base coat for his helmet shell. A lot more detail to come! This is day two. Today I roughed in Brett's face. Day three. Here I roughed his helmet cage. This is one of the toughest things that I paint. Next in line, are a rifle barrel and hands. I would rather paint ten faces than one helmet cage! The real challenge is to paint a true straight line. Any slight variations really jump off the board to my eye. A good example of a real challenge for me was this piece titled Spirit, Horse, Hunter. A lot of the parts of Richard Ashburn's flintlock had many straight lines to contend with. Then, throw in my other favorite thing to paint, hands! Day four. After his helmet and cage dried, I was able to paint the melted snow droplets on the surfaces. If you look close, there are even a few hanging from his cage bars. I will add a few more on the bars in front…

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