Sept. 18, 2006

Carol Lundeen receives wildlife artist grant

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Dassel artist Carol Lundeen focuses her oil paintings on landscape and wildlife because in them, she sees the work of God.

This past summer, Lundeen applied and received a grant from Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council to work with top wildlife artists.

The $500 grant she received allowed her to attend a four-day artist workshop in Kalispell, Montana, learning techniques for painting wildlife.

Previously, Lundeen had focused primarily on landscapes, but wanted some wildlife to be in her paintings as well.

“I needed to learn more before I attempted to do this,” Lundeen said about painting wildlife.

In Montana, she worked with three well-known wildlife artists including Terry Isaac, Rock Newcomb, and Susan Loubari.

Lundeen learned different techniques in painting wildlife with details including nose, eyes, and fur, Lundeen said.

Loubari focused on the business side of painting like how to market oneself with shows and exhibits, Lundeen said.

She and the group also had the opportunity to visit a game farm with exotic and native animals like a lynx and bobcats, for a chance to photograph wildlife in their natural habitat.

Triple D Game Farm is strictly for the purpose of photography and for artists to use the animals as models for their work, not for hunting, Lundeen explained.

Lundeen was able to take reference photographs, or actual pictures of the wildlife to be used to paint from, she explained.

Lundeen enjoyed watching the animals, “They have a power about them,” she said.

“They are magnificent creatures,” she said, and hopes to capture that in her paintings.

During this time, Lundeen took more than 2,000 pictures of wildlife that she will study and learn from, she said.

Currently, she is painting a bear from a photograph she took during the workshop.

Lundeen and her husband, Steve, live on 160 acres of land south of Dassel where she gets to explore her own neck of the woods.

She puts on her camouflage and goes into her backyard to take pictures of wildlife.

“It’s fun to go out and see what you can find,” Lundeen said.

Before oil painting, she first began with pen and ink stipple drawings.

Lundeen has sold several of these around the US including drawings of newborns and infants, which the Hutchinson Hospital has in their nursery hallway along with six other drawings of hers, Lundeen said.

With her daughter back in school, Lundeen is hoping to spend more time painting. A typical oil painting usually takes her 30 to 35 hours, but that’s not too bad since, “Oil takes longer to dry,” she said.

When her paintings are finished, they can most likely be viewed at the Crow River Arts Gallery in the Hutchinson Mall.

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