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I always enjoy your work including the experiments and the "works in progress." In this the one skull seems to lack connection to the cliffs and mesa behind. The difference in sharpness is part of my perceptual problem. Also, I keep getting the feeling that the skull should some how protrude from or be on the face of the cliffs.
Not to be overly pedantic, (okay, guess I am ) but your response to Santiago on the buffalo's range isn't completely correct. The "American Bison" was overwhelmingly a plains animal that largely stayed out of the mountains. Their historic range mostly ran from northern Mexico all the way to what is now eastern Alaska. Notable exceptions to this rule were places like Ute Pass in Colorado which allowed a summer migration from the high plains (now Colorado Springs) up to South Park. The other much more important exception was the low crossing of the continental divide at what is now known as Sherman Pass in Wyoming which allowed them to spread to southern Idaho, eastern Oregon and Washington, and down into Utah.
Buffalo certainly grazed where there were dramatic buttes and cliffs but specifically in New Mexico did not cross the Sangres.
Would love to see later stages of this work.
Thanks for your comments here.
This image was taken within a half mile of what would have been the Rio Chama river valley. There is a lake here now. Anyway the Buffalo or "American Bison" have been here for many, many years and many of the pueblos here have Buffalo dances. Who can really say where they roamed over the past hundreds if not thousands of years.
Besides its just an artistic interpretation from my minds eye. Not to be taken seriously with reality as we see it.
I find too many people can't lose their visions of "reality" and let their minds wander into the realm of artistic visualizations.
Edited on Mar 11, 2012 at 04:11 PM · View previous versions