AFTER AN EXCELLENT CRITIQUE BY FIVE ARTISTS AND MY WIFE LAST WEEK, I made alterations to values and edges in the painting. I have made an additional list of needed adjustments which I will leave for latter after resting my eyes and mind from this 12 month journey into the world of the Vikings.
YOU WILL HEAR FROM ME AGAIN WHEN THE UNVEILING IS SCHEDULED in the spring. Meanwhile I will be designing two books: an educational book on color for students visiting the Runestone Museum and a book describing the project step by step with painting images and the short story illustrated by the painting .
My thanks to the Lake Region Arts Council, Bruce and Kathleen Pohlig and Jim and Anne Eidsvold, for your financial backing on the project.
THANK YOU Ellen (my wife) for your deep encouragement and support through the project.
THANK YOU Brita, Andrew, Kasey, Matty, and Cedric Soderholm for modeling as the Viking family.
THANK YOU Kelsey Patton for creating the historical costumes and sharing your historical knowledge about the Vikings. Thank you Philip Patton for sharing your expertise on the Vikings.
THANK YOU April StoneDahl for your Ojibwe basket weaving on the frame and enthusiastic support for the project from a Native American perspective.
THANK YOU Phillip Odden for your beautiful viking age carvings on the frame.
THANK YOU Rich Kephart for building the frame elements together with excellent craftsmanship.
THANK YOU Maja Sahlberg for your photography skills on the final photo shoot.
THANK YOU Joanna Hallstrom for managing the details on the final photo shoot.
THANK YOU Nadalie Junker for designing the models' hair for the photo shoot.
THANK YOU Stacy Kron for styling Brita's hair for the live painting demo.
THANK YOU Lois Johnson for coaching me on the story for the painting and loaning me your best Viking reference books!
THANK YOU Jim Bergquist and the Museum board for your support and saying "yes" to the idea of bringing a Viking family portrait into the museum!
THANK YOU readers for your helpful insights and encouraging comments.
THANK YOU to my CREATOR for giving me the ability and thrill to be creative.