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Paintings of Ice Age & Other Animals

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My playful paintings of Ice Age animals are inspired by the paleolithic art our ancestors left on the walls of the caves at Lascaux and Chauvet, in France, and Altimura, in Spain, between 15,000 and 30,000 years ago. Rendered by many artists with varying degrees of skill, the images in the caves open a window on a world long past, show us creatures now extinct, and reveal  the intelligence and humor of the artists. Scientists, speculate endlessly as to the reasons ancient peoples created art: perhaps as part of ceremonies uniting them in harmony with their world, perhaps to magically invoke a successful hunt, or perhaps-–just perhaps-–because painting is fun!

This painting of an Ice Age mare and her colt running side by side, is one in a series of paintings based on the horses painted thousands of years ago on the walls of caves in France, such as the Striped Mare and the Yellow Mare of Lascaux (photo to right).  

 

A photo of the Striped Mare and the Yellow Mare on the walls of the caves at Lascaux, France

The inspiration for this fine fellow came from a photo of a lion I took at the San Francisco Zoo.  I don’t  know his real name (and I doubt anyone else does either–cats never tell their real names), but “Leo Content” seems to describe him perfectly.   

A photo the artist took of a lion at the San Francisco Zoo

All the paintings in the Ice Age & Other Animals collection are done on a ground of heavy texture

--a modeling paste, or artists’s plaster intended for that purpose.

 

The animals are painted with alternating layers of drybrushing and glazing. It’s the glazing that gives these paintings their depth and luminosity.

 

The backgrounds are thin washes of desert colors, and metallic gold.

“Heading for Golden Pastures”,

          Acrylic on Canvas, 30” x 40”

An acrylic painting of an Ice Age mare and colt

“Leo Content”, Acrylic on Canvas, 16” x 20”

An acrylic painting of a contented lion

Leo Content
Heading for Golden Pastures
Heading for Golden Pastures, a painting of horses by Jessica Maring
Leo Content, a painting of a lion by Jessica Maring

In this little triptych of Ice Age horse paintings, I focused on interpretting the whimsy and playfulness that I see in some of the ancient cave art. Each of these little mares is enjoying her day in the sun.

“Impressions of Lascaux”, a triptych,

          Acrylic on Canvas, each 8” x 10”

A trio of paintings of Ice Age mares

Impressions of Lascaux

Panthera Leo Atrox is the American lion which populated North America during the Ice Age. Though extinct for roughly 10,000 years, much is known about his appearance due to the many whole-animal fossils almost perfectly preserved in the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles. He was descended from the cave lion, but looked more like the modern lion, although much larger. To the right is a photo of Paleolithic cave art from Chauvet showing a herd of lionesses on the hunt.

A photo of the herd of Ice Age lionesses on the hunt in the Paleolithic cave paintings at Chauvet, France
"Battle", a painting of battling antelope by Jessica Maring

This painting of antelope battling was inspired, in part, by the  cave art of Ice Age deer and other herbivores at Lascaux and Chauvet, and by time spent watching impalas at a wild animal park. It was also influenced by the elegant antelope fresco described below.

A photo of the antelope fresco at Akrotiri, a Greek island

This image of prehistoric antelope was inspired by the cave art of Ice Age deer and other herbivores at Lascaux and Chauvet,  and influenced by the graceful antelope fresco (photo to right) from the Minoan culture, unearthed at Akrotiri, a bronze age city on Thera, an Aegean island.  The creatures of  the Minoan fresco are recognizably antelope, but I love the artist’s exaggeration of the curves, making the image seem very modern.

 

 

 

Based on the Yellow Mare of Lascaux, which was painted on the wall of a cave in France by an artist thousands of years ago (photo to right), here is the pride of the herd, the alpha mare, kickin’ up her heels and struttin’ her stuff.

A photo of the Yellow Mare of Lascaux
A photo of the Striped Mare of Lascaux

Influenced by the Striped Mare of Lascaux (photo to right), here is the happiest of horses, kicking up her heels in some long ago meadow.

"Ice Age Bison", a painting of a prehistoric buffalo by Jessica Maring

Although we tend to think of the buffalo as a North American animal, thousands of  his ancestors once populated Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A photo of Ice Age bison in the cave of prehistoric paintings at Lascaux, France
A photo of Ice Age bison in the cave of prehistoric paintings at Altimura, Spain
"Twister", a painting of a horse bucking by Jessica Maring

A take-off on the horses in the Paleolithic paintings on cave walls at Lascaux and Pech Merle in France, the real inspiration for this piece was Goldy, a mare whose former owner assured me she was a fine jumper, and who displayed this unique approach to jumping fences. The part that isn’t in the painting is the rider, me, who has been flung off over her head, and has “jumped” the fence sans horse.

"Aint Goin' There", a painting of a stubborn horse by Jessica Maring

The colors and spots of this horse were inspired by the Paleolithic paintings of Ice Age mares on the walls of caves at Lascaux and Pech Merle, but the attitude is modern and eternal, and reminiscent of a horse named Goldy who used to own me.

"Rock N' Roll", a painting of a rolling horse by Jessica Maring

This pose was a favorite of a horse named Goldy who would do just about anything to avoid being caught when out in a pasture of sweet long grass.

“Friend or foe?” this mother bear asks as she peers at us.  One can be a looooong ways away, watching safely thru binoculars, and it still kicks off an adrenalin rush when that big head comes up, swings back and forth tasting the wind, and then stops.  

Zeroed in on us.

A photo of the Ice Age deer painted in the cave at Lascaux, France
A photo of an Ice Age bear painted about 30,000 years ago at Chauvet, France

Intent on his own business, this guy has places to go, people to see and things to do that probably have nothing to do with us, unless, of course, we’re carrying a picnic lunch.

Bears appear in the art of many ancient peoples.  The  photo above right is of a painting done about 30,000 years ago on the walls of the caves at Chauvet, France.  The photo to the immediate right is a petroglyph bear near Moab, Utah, attributed to Native Americans, drawn sometime within the last thousand years.

A photo of a petroglyph bear near Moab, Utah
"Blue Boy", a painting of a verdigris copper horse by Jessica Maring

This whimsical horse in copper verdegris takes its inspiration from several sources: the horse as it appears in numerous Renaissance paintings (the photo to the right is of a woodcut by Hans Baldung Grien in 1534), and various horses in Paleolithic cave paintings.

A photo of a Hans Baldung Griend woodcut of horses, circa 1534
"Variations on Impressions of Lascaux I", a prehistoric horse painting by Jessica Maring
"Variations on Impressions of Lascaux II", a prehistoric horse painting by Jessica Maring
"Variations on Impressions of Lascaux III", a prehistoric horse painting by Jessica Maring
A photo of the Striped & Yellow Mares of Lascaux

I had so much

fun painting the

first version of

“Impressions”

that I decided

to do another.

These playful  little horses are inspired by the Striped and Yellow mares of Lascaux.

"Following Me?" a painting of a prancing horse by Jessica Maring

A young horse, trotting on some prehistoric savannah, inspired by the ancient paintings of Ice Age horses  in the cave at Lascaux.

"Danger!", a painting of horse & rattlesnake, by Jessica Maring

This painting depicts the ancient enmity between horse and snake.

 

"Out For A Run", a painting of mare and colt by Jessica Maring
"Morning Run", a painting of horses by Jessica Maring

 

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I lived on a horse ranch for a while when I was in my teens, and because one of my favorite memories is of watching the mares and their babies–the little ones running right along side their mothers like they were stuck there by glue–I’ve done several mare-and-colt paintings. These are the 2nd and 3rd.

Variations on Impressions of Lascaux, a triptych of paintings by Jessica Maring

“Panthera Leo”, Acrylic on Canvas, 24” x 36”

An acrylic painting of the Ice Age North American Lion

“Battle”, Acrylic on Canvas, 24” x 36”

An acrylic painting of battling Ice Age antelope

“Ice Age Antelope”, Acrylic on Canvas, 20” x 16”

An acrylic painting of a pair of Ice Age antelope

“Steppin’ Out”, Acrylic on Canvas, 20” x 24”

An acrylic painting of a prancing Ice Age mare

“Paleohorse III”, Acrylic on Canvas, 24” x 30”

An acrylic painting of a bucking Ice Age horse

“Ice Age Bison”, Acrylic on Canvas, 16” x 20”

An acrylic painting of an Ice Age bison

The paintings of Ice Age bison in the caves at Lascaux, France (photo upper right) and Altamira, Spain (photo to right) served as inspiration for my portraits of this noble beast.

 

“Ice Age Bison II”, Acrylic on Canvas, 16” x 20”

An acrylic painting of an Ice Age buffalo

“Twister”, Acrylic on Canvas, 10” x 8”

An acrylic painting of an bucking horse

“Aint Goin’ There”, Acrylic on Canvas, 8” x 10”

An acrylic painting of an mulishly stubborn horse

“Rock N’ Roll”, Acrylic on Canvas, 8” x 10”

An acrylic painting of an horse rolling on its back

“Three Bears”, Acrylic on Canvas, 8” x 10”

An acrylic painting of a mother bear and two cubs

“Intent”, Acrylic on Canvas, 8” x 10”

An acrylic painting of a bear out for a stroll

“Here’s Lookin’ at You”, Acrylic on Canvas, 8” x 10”

An acrylic painting of a bear looking for trouble

“Blue Boy”, Acrylic on Canvas, 9” x 12”

An acrylic painting of a Renaissance horse

“Out For A Run”, Acrylic on Canvas, 16” x 20”

An acrylic painting of a galloping mare and her colt

“Morning Run”, Acrylic on Canvas, 24” x 36”

An acrylic painting of a galloping mare and her colt

“Variations on Impressions of Lascaux”, a triptych,

          Acrylic on Canvas, each 8” x 10”

A trio of paintings of Ice Age mares

“Following Me?”, Acrylic on Canvas, 16” x 20”

An acrylic painting of the alpha mare

“Danger!”, Acrylic on Canvas, 8” x 10”

An acrylic painting of horse and rattlesnake

Rock N' Roll
Aint Goin' There
Twister
Ice Age Bison
Ice Age Bison II
Paleohorse III
Ice Age Antelope
Battle
Panthera Leo
Three Bears
Intent
Here's Lookin' At You
Blue Boy
Out For A Run
Morning Run
Variations on Impressions of Laxcaux
Following Me?
Danger!
"Panthera Leo", a painting of an ice age lion by Jessica Maring
Impressions of Lascaux
Impressions of Lascaux
Impressions of Lascaux
"Ice Age Antelope", a painting of antelope by Jessica Maring
"Steppin' Out", a painting of a frolicing ice age horse by Jessica Maring
"Paleo Horse III", a painting of a prehistoric horse bucking by Jessica Maring
"Ice Age Bison II", a painting of a prehistoric bison by Jessica Maring
Three Bears, a painting of a bear and two cubs by Jessica Maring
"Intent", a painting of a strolling bear by Jessica Maring
"Here's Lookin' At You", a painting of a watchful bear by Jessica Maring