One Fine Night :: All Infinite
Mischtechnik – Oil on Wood Panel
Brian Christopher Zickafoose
Step into the ethereal beauty of “One Fine Night :: All Infinite,” a captivating painting brought to life through the intricate Mischtechnik technique in 2022.
This artwork invites you to a world where the sublime and the infinite converge in a dance of colors and textures. The artist’s skillful use of Mischtechnik, a method combining various painting techniques, including oil, unveils a rich tapestry of emotions and atmospheres. Each brushstroke on the panel contributes to the creation of a scene that transcends time and space, capturing the essence of one fine night in an all-encompassing, infinite embrace.
Allow the interplay of light, shadow, and color to transport you into a realm where imagination knows no bounds. “One Fine Night :: All Infinite” is not merely a painting; it is a portal to a moment frozen in time, yet eternally alive with possibility and beauty. Embrace the magic of this masterpiece, a testament to the artist’s mastery and the boundless potential of artistic expression.
Embark on a visual odyssey with “It Was a Weird Night at Dragon’s Tooth,” a mesmerizing 36″ x 24″ x 2″ Oil Mischtechnik Painting on Panel, expertly crafted by Brian Christopher Zickafoose and completed in 2022.
This artwork takes you on a mercurial journey inspired by the Appalachian Trail, specifically the enigmatic Dragon’s Tooth Overlook near Roanoke, Virginia. Brian’s creative prowess brings to life a vivid portrayal of the surreal experiences encountered during nocturnal adventures in this mystical setting.
Drawing from profound spiritual encounters along the Appalachian Trail, “It Was a Weird Night at Dragon’s Tooth” is a testament to the artist’s intention—to capture the essence of self-exploration and the profound connection with the Creative Source inherent in the ineffable beauty of nature. Each brushstroke and color palette intricately weaves a narrative that invites viewers to delve into the complexities of the human spirit, mirroring the awe-inspiring intricacies of the natural world.
This captivating piece not only serves as a visual feast but also as a conduit for contemplation on the profound connection between the self and the sublime beauty of nature. Own a piece of this Appalachian-inspired masterpiece, a radiant expression of Brian Zickafoose’s artistic vision and spiritual exploration.
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All Eyes on the Sunrise :: New River Gorge, West Virginia
An Oil Painting by Brian C. Zickafoose © 2018
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Filmed on Location in the New River Gorge, West Virginia
About the Artwork
In the Summer of 2015, I attended a week-long painting intensive at CoSM and the studio of Alex Grey and Allyson Grey. This painting is the fruit of that adventure. The graphical elements for this work were transposed straight from my sketchbook. I had been pondering the idea of a bejeweled pineal gland for sometime and I wanted to create something charged with a sexual buzz and static energy interactions, hence the dual phallic Tesla Coils and plasma beams. Alex Grey did some work on this during the intensive and also gave the painting its name. Most of the work was done at CoSM but I also put in some work on this at the Mountain Music Festival at the New River Gorge in West Virginia.
About the Artwork
Hues of autumn and twilight color the sky, as the mighty screech owl emerges from a hidden nook. This fantastic scene was inspired by an overnight hiking trip at the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area with my wife and children in 2015. The haunting crystal moon was brilliant and filled the night sky with pale blue luminescence. Our heads were weary from our travels when we arrived upon our quarters. I unloaded the last of our gear from the vehicle when suddenly a screech owl’s shattering cry startled me from the tree line. I turned to look and behold, a piercing gaze caught me cold and we locked eyes for what seemed like eternity. The owl scanned my soul intently and seemed to examine every aspect of being. I began to squirm under its scrutiny and stepped hard on a twig. Snap! The sound alarmed my feathered friend and in a flash of lightning, the fierce screech owl took to the night. That was the last I saw of it. The next morning we ate breakfast ravenously in preparation for our hike through the beautiful landscape at Seneca Rocks. My encounter with the owl the night before stuck with me throughout the day and later in the evening as we rested, I sketched the initial roughs that would eventually become this painting. Thanks for looking. Enjoy!
The Grist Mill at Glade Creek – Babcock State Park, West Virginia
Brian C. Zickafoose © 2014
36″ x 24″ Oil on Canvas
Completion Date: November 22, 2014 – 11:22 am
In this painting, I explore the Flemish Realism oil technique of the Dutch Masters, as taught to me by the late local artist, David E. Weaver – to whose memory this is dedicated.
David Weaver was a friend of mine over the years. He was a generous and openly kind person. Whenever I would visit him at the Midland Trail Gallery, he was always giving me art prints and different things. I never left his studio empty handed. His mentorship and teaching was a huge inspiration for my art and life path. Without him this painting would not have been possible.
The painting depicts the Grist Mill at Babcock State Park at the peak of autumn’s glory on October 10, 2014 at around 4:00pm in the afternoon. Also featured in the image are several West Virginia state icons, including two cardinals (state bird), a sugar maple branch (state tree) and a honey bee (state insect), as well as native species of wildflowers.[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
I’m a true son of the hills. I was born and bred in Danese, WV, just a few miles up the road from the park. Whenever my family would get together growing up, it would always be at Babcock, so some of my fondest childhood memories center around that park. When I moved away from the area as an adult and would come home to visit, Babcock always seemed to greet me with a warm and loving embrace, as if to say, ‘You are home, my son’.
Pursuing my artistic dreams has taken me around the globe, hobnobbing in Amsterdam, living for a spell in Hollywood, California and most recently having spent a decade in Roanoke, Virginia. In 2012 I relocated my family back to the area and a year later launched the first oil painting in this series, Ancient River in Autumn – New River Gorge, WV, the predecessor of the Grist Mill at Glade Creek painting.
It was an inevitable expression of my creativity to paint this series. These great icons of West Virginia are ingrained in my memory and have become a part of who I am. Painting the Grist Mill is as much of an expression of myself as it is an interpretation of the iconography my home state. The Grist Mill is a sacred destination for many folks, including myself. This land was regarded as sacred grounds by the Indians ages before Europeans settled it and a millennia before the Grist Mill was built. So, continuing a tradition of spirituality in this area through my art is not only my heritage, it is my duty.
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Produced by: The Green Touch Group, LLC
Oil Painting by: Brian C. Zickafoose
Music: “Banjo Funk” by Brown House Media
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Video extras: Xia Yasmine Zickafoose and Zenna Yvonne Zickafoose
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