If I had to pick one place in all of the North Dakota grasslands and badlands as my favorite, it would probably be the Burning Coal Vein area. Not only does it have spectacular views of eroded slopes and grassy hills studded with junipers and ponderosa pines, but it has provided a wealth of memories of time spent here with family [...]
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The Burning Coal Vein is one of my very favorite places in the North Dakota grasslands, and I absolutely love the Rocky Mountain junipers that grow on the hillsides there. I have many fond memories of family gatherings in this area, also, so it has a special place in my heart. The coal veins no longer [...]
I was looking for an old classroom photo yesterday and came across this self-portrait I took around 1975. That was when I had a Minolta film camera and had taken some photography workshops at Bemidi State College in Minnesota. In this instance, I think I sandwiched two film negatives to get the grass with my [...]
I took a few more self-portraits at the Burning Coal Vein, one of my favorite places on earth. The strong breeze was making the tripod unsteady, so I didn’t linger too long with that project. The cowboy hat was purchased in Lewistown in July, and I’m glad it had a chin strap. Cris Fulton at [...]
My aunt surprised me with a gift of several of my early drawings when she was here this summer. They seem vaguely familiar to me now that I see them, but I had pretty much forgotten all about them. It’s amazing to me that she had them all these years, and that she would think [...]
Here’s the color version of the self-portrait I took at the Burning Coal Vein. I like having an image of myself surrounded by the landscape that I love, and that plays such a large part in my life as an artist.
Here’s another sepia self-portrait out in the North Dakota Badlands. I have taken self-portraits indoors for promotional purposes, but thought it would be good to get some out in the countryside that is my inspiration. Cris Fulton at the Burning Coal Vein
I tried some self-portraits out in the badlands of North Dakota yesterday. Here’s one in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
I worked on a new condensed version of my biography and artist’s statement yesterday, so people can get the general idea of my background and artwork without spending a lot of time and effort reading about it.
Taking self-portraits is a challenge, and it takes quite a few tries to get something that will work. I liked some of the first ones I got, but the overhead light was too strong, and washed out the cowboy hat. So, last night, I experimented with a portable light to the side, and that took [...]