Salvation

The Story Behind the Painting, What's the Big Idea?
[caption id="attachment_130" align="aligncenter" width="243"] Salvation16x20 O/Cby Debbie.lee Miszaniec[/caption] Salvation is one of the latest paintings in my Western Series, which you can see here. Salvation is based on a Sifton era (1896-1905) Canadian immigration poster. The image depicts an angelic harvest figure which appears as though in a dream, showing the plenty and prosperity that could be had for the immigrant who braved the ocean voyage, the cold, isolation, and the breaking of the land, to uproot families and make a one way journey to Canada. Many of these immigrants would have spent generations never straying farther than 50 miles from home. I had to wonder what the conditions were like where they were coming from in order to make that sort of leap of faith.
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Finding A Dance Partner

The Story Behind the Painting, What's the Big Idea?
[caption id="attachment_129" align="aligncenter" width="239"] Finding a Dance Partner16 x 20 O/Cby Debbie.lee Miszaniec[/caption] Finding A Dance Partner is one of the newest paintings in my Western Series, which you can see here. This painting references an immigration poster advertising the charms of Canada to potential immigrants during the early years of the 20th century. Particularly, in this case, potential single female immigrants. During this time in Britain their was a great deal of discussion about the problem of the extra female population, for whom world conflicts had reduced the number of eligible mates. At the same time there was an imbalance (in the other direction) in the ratio of male to female immigrants to Canada. The idea of immigrating for better marital prospects, which the image seems to suggest is…
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Why commission a painting?

Commissions
I am not going to give you a lot of practical, solid investment oriented reasons as to why you should commission a work of art for yourself or your 'organization.' I could talk about the difference between having a professional trained in translating feelings and thoughts into an aesthetically pleasing visual expression, and an amateur snapping an off the cuff photo and having it 'blown up.' I could talk about honouring your subject with a one of a kind highly crafted and durable object. I could talk about investing in both the status and worth of yourself or your organization, and the subject, through having it recorded in the time honoured manner of the wealthy, the noble and the pious. But I am not. Instead, I am going to talk about magic: The real…
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Update on the Sunflower Project:

The Sunflower Project
[caption id="attachment_127" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Sunflower Seed #2 5" x 7" A/C by Debbie.lee Miszaniec[/caption] [caption id="attachment_126" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Sunflower Seed #1 5" x 7" A/C by Debbie.lee Miszaniec[/caption] [caption id="attachment_128" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Sunflower Seed #35" x 7"A/Cby Debbie.lee Miszaniec[/caption] The Sunflower Project is going well, read more about it my previous post here: The first three paintings all have new homes waiting for them thanks to Ronald Van Vugt, Melanie Figueroa and Kathy Blackmore. I now have a waiting list for the next batch of paintings. Want one? Click here to sign up!
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A Gift For YOU: The Sunflower Project

The Sunflower Project, What's the Big Idea?
[caption id="attachment_123" align="aligncenter" width="239"] Jessica in her GardenO/C 48 x 60Original painting by Debbie.lee Miszaniec[/caption] I Have A Gift For You: Do you love art?  Do you believe that each of us has not one, but a thousand gifts to give the world?  Do you love art and believe that art is one of those gifts?  Then I have a gift for you. I want to give you a painting. I want to give you a painting of a sunflower seed. The sunflower is a dramatic plant: Tall, strong, visually striking, it is a wonder of life to behold as it grows and tracks the sun through the season. I recall my sadness, the first time growing them, at the first frost. I wished I could turn the clock back…
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Cowboy Coffee

The Story Behind the Painting, What's the Big Idea?
[caption id="attachment_116" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Cowboy CoffeeO/C 9 x 12Debbie.lee Miszaniec[/caption] Cowboy Coffee is a painting from my Western series. You can see more here. Painted on a bandana background, it refers to Cowboy culture prior to the invention of barb wire fencing, which led to the fencing off of range land and permanently changed ranching culture in North America. Previously ranching operations ranged freely across much on north america, with herds intermingling. The job of Cowboy was crucial and harsh. Rounding up and herding, sorting and branding cattle on the open range; cowboys lived with the cattle for the season, eating, sleeping and working on the range in makeshift and improvised settings. The text of this painting, Free Range Coffee, playfully alludes to both this reality, and to the current…
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Wall Flowers

The Story Behind the Painting, What's the Big Idea?
[caption id="attachment_113" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Wallflowersby Debbie.lee MiszaniecAcrylic on Canvas24 x 48[/caption] Wallflowers is part of my Landscape series. Completed in 2015, it serves a very special role: It is an idyllic image of a perfect day at Fish Creek Provincial Park in Calgary Alberta Canada. What's more, it is an encyclopedic painting depicting a range of attractive wildflowers which have been declared invasive species, because their hardiness and vigorous growth habits endanger bio diversity in natural areas by pushing out native plant species. This is a problem because animals and insects who rely on those native plant species as food sources may be adversely affected by their displacement. I created this piece in cooperation with the Friends of Fish Creek Park, as an aesthetic intervention and educational tool. The idea is…
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Pancake Breakfast

The Story Behind the Painting, What's the Big Idea?
[caption id="attachment_109" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Pancake Breakfast 9 x 12 O/C by Debbie.lee Miszaniec[/caption] Pancake Breakfast, from my western series, is a fairly straight forward piece. Growing up in Calgary Alberta, one of my favourite traditions of our annual (July) city wide Stampede celebrations are the free pancake breakfasts. For ten days, rich or poor, young or old, if you can line up on a sunny summer morning you can have a great breakfast, and entertainment, and possibly swag, all free of charge.  Breakfasts happen all across the city every day during Stampede. Put on by community groups, churches, corporations, politicians, dentists, you name it, they are a great expression of community inclusion and caring. Even if you can't afford to go to the Stampede grounds more than once, or at…
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Dime Novels 1903 & 1907

The Story Behind the Painting, What's the Big Idea?
[caption id="attachment_95" align="aligncenter" width="222"] Dime Novel 1903 12 x 16 O/C Debbie.lee Miszaniec[/caption] [caption id="attachment_96" align="aligncenter" width="227"] Dime Novel 1907 12 x 16 O/C Debbie.lee Miszaniec[/caption] The Dime Novel Paintings are part of my Western Series, which you can see here. They are still life paintings referencing the covers of early 20th century Western themed weekly fiction publications. The West lives as much in the imagination, in hyperbolic stories of legendary skill and courage, as it does in historical fact. We are much nearer to the source of the legends than earlier stories of medieval knights or Greek heroes. We even have photography, which can show us the real faces of some of our legendary figures, should they actually have any base in reality. Yet this vision of the west…
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Following Legends

The Story Behind the Painting, What's the Big Idea?
[caption id="attachment_97" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Following Legends 20 x 28 O/CDebbie.lee Miszaniec[/caption] Hi there again, and happy Friday the 13th! Hopefully you all ate your Lucky Charms cereal this morning, and don't have any work to do under tall ladders or anything. Following Legends is the second of two paintings thinking about female western legend Annie Oakley. The legend of Annie Oakley forms the backdrop, the wall paper, to the life of the little girl from Wild Roses (last week). The little girl grows up and perhaps becomes one of the flag bearers at the Calgary Stampede, our equivalent to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. And so "the show goes on", and "on with the show" as the text at the top of the painting mentions. You can see more of…
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