Two paintings chosen for “The Russell”, C.M. Russell Museum Auction 2014…

I am honored to have two paintings included in “The Russell” auction to benefit the C.M. Russell Museum this year. “Defender of the Plains” will be in the silent auction Thursday, March 20th at the C.M. Russell Museum and “Coup Run” will be in the live auction March 22nd at the Mansfield Convention Center, both in Great Falls, MT.

I will also be participating in the “Art in Action” quick finish event at the Great Falls Country Club on the 21st, where some of the country’s top western and wildlife artists will complete a painting on site and then immediately they will be auctioned to raise money for the museum.

And, just in case I don’t have enough to do, I will also have an exhibit room of my own (Room 280)  in the Western Masters Show and Sale at the Best Western Heritage Inn, Great Falls, MT, the 19th through the 22nd. I’ll have many new works available to view and purchase.

If you have not been to Great Falls the third week of March for the Charlie Russell events, it is one of the most unique art experiences in the art world. Hundreds of artists from all over the country display and sell their work at numerous shows located all over town. A rare opportunity to not only see great art, but meet the artists in person.

I’ll post images as we get closer to the event. If you will be in Great Falls please stop by and say hello.

"Coup Run" Oil 36x72, by Joe Kronenberg

“Coup Run” Oil 36×72, by Joe Kronenberg

"Defender of the Plains" Oil 37x26, by Joe Kronenberg

“Defender of the Plains” Oil 37×26, by Joe Kronenberg

“Offending the Ladies”

Sometimes a painting is just meant to be. Inspired by time spent in Yellowstone National Park last year “Offending the Ladies” was just that for me. I spent much of a hot afternoon in the sun watching a number of cow elk bedded down in the cooler grass on the banks of the Madison river with the herd bull near by. The lowering of the sun is a sign for the bull to round-up the troops and make preparations for the evening, which start with moving everyone to another location. With the gentleness of a drill sergeant, he proceeds to wake up and get moving all the resting cows and calves with a loud bugle, nudge and at times for the stubborn ones a bit of a charge. You can imagine his popularity as the ‘women’ scatter.

So, what tops being in Yellowstone, on the Madison river witnessing firsthand all of this unfold?…All of it happening while the sun is going down creating a glowing golden light on everything it touches. Even as my camera shutter is on overdrive all I can think is “Get me to a canvas!”

“Offending the Ladies” Oil 21×48 will be included in “The Russell” sale to benefit the C.M. Russell Museum at the Best Western Heritage Inn in Great Falls, MT. March 16th.

Offending the Ladies web

“Offending the Ladies” oil on masonite 21×48