One of the most exciting projects of the year was the Ouray Ice Festival Poster.
I’ve created original artwork for the Ouray Ice Park in the past, and this year I decided to recreate the famous painting by Klimt, “The Kiss”, to represent the love of ice climbing.
Ice climbers are die-hard, and I wanted to capture that in this year’s poster. So I turned Klimt’s portrayal of two lovers into two climbers –just down from an exhilarating climb, still wrapped in ropes from their rappel, completely elated. It’s a feeling climbers know well.
I began this project by creating a loose collage on canvas, and painting thick layers of icy colored paint over the top. I combed and scraped the paint until it had a textured look and revealed some of the collage below. This added further depth and texture to the art.
I then layered papers and illustration over the painting to style the art for the Ouray Ice Park.
The best part about creating the Ice Fest poster is that I get to combine my love of fine art and mixed media painting, with graphic design. When the painting was complete, I had a professional photograph taken of the Ouray Ice Fest art, and used that to create the poster on my computer.
The Ouray Ice Park is a mecca for ice climbing in Colorado, and a place I love. This project is near and dear to my heart, as I spent a decade of my life climbing passionately in these mountains.
If you’re in the area this weekend, stop by the Ouray Ice Park to see the mile-long canyon of frozen waterfalls and ice climbers galore. Events take place this January 19-20 and include a climbing competition for public viewing on both Saturday and Sunday, along with evening events and entertainment!
This original painting will be auctioned off at the Ouray Ice Festival this weekend. You can contact me here to order prints.
Thanks to the Ouray Ice Park for another opportunity to work on this super fun project for a very worthy cause!