One of those inspirations for my new release Mist O'er the Voyageur was the fascinating artwork of several artists of history.
- Frances Anne Hopkins
One of her most famous paintings also fed my imagination, and I am fortunate to have a print of this 1889 classic called Shooting the Rapids:
- Arthur Heming
This one depicts the voyageurs taking a rest, referred to as "a pipe" and is aptly titled Taking a Pipe:
- Michael Gnatek
- Paul Calle
Michael Gnatek passed away in 2006, but not before accumulating a fabulous gallery of historical military art from various periods. I love his painting of a mountain man wearing a Hudson's Bay blanket capote. His work reminds me of another contemporary artist, Paul Calle, whose paintings are so details, right down to the weathered facial lines in mountain men and trappers. I am blessed to have two of Paul Calle's prints on my living room walls. Do to copyright, I won't post the images, but I hope you'll check out the links:
The two Paul Calle prints on my wall. Here they are on Pinterest:
THROUGH THE TALL GRASS by Paul Calle
END OF A LONG DAY by Paul Calle
- Margaret Killarney
Another contemporary artist, Margaret Killarney, another oil artist from Ontario, draws you into her paintings of the northern Lake Superior shoreline the way a stained-glass window beckons you into glorious prisms of light. Her work has even been featured on the cover of Lake Superior Magazine. Check out the beautiful imagery on her site:
- Original Photographs of the Past by Various Historical Photographers
Though I can't share the actual photos which belong to the Minnesota Historical Society, please take a look at this piece written by Paul Peter Buffalo, as he chronicles his historical heritage along with a number of photos depicting native individuals and families (mostly Chippewa) along with their lodgings, handiwork, and lifestyle from long ago:
WINTER WOOD AND WIIGWAAMS by Paul Peter Buffalo
These are just a few of the artists that contributed imagery to my imagination as I penned Mist O'er the Voyageur. I must also say that when I first saw the cover for Mist, I let out a squeal of glee. I cannot overlook the talent of graphic artists who can compose the work of photographers and other artists into such beautiful book covers able also to capture our literary imaginations.
I hope you enjoyed taking in some of this fabulous artwork. If you'd like to see more, follow my Pinterest board: Amazing Art, and also the boards for my individual book titles. Hmm...why not just follow them all? ;)
Here's to every artist out there!