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Project Commentaries: There Is Help For You (Patience Loader) by Elspeth Young

By Al R. Young There Is Help For You (Patience Loader) was painted by the artist in the studios at BenHaven.

Dimensions (unframed width x height)
40 in. x 58 in.

Support
Panel

Milestones
Research commences - December 2013
Painting commences - March 2014
Painting completed - March 2016

Equipment
Creating a painting often involves creating or modifying tools or making improvements to the studio itself.  This painting project necessitated the following activities in terms of tools, supplies, and operations... Read more »

Tags: There Is Help For You, 2016, Project commentaries, Tips and techniques


Project Commentaries: The Dawning Of A Brighter Day (Joseph Smith) by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young The Dawning Of A Brighter Day (Joseph Smith) was painted by the artist in the studios at BenHaven.

dimensions (unframed width x height)
37.75 in. x 44.5 in.

support
Panel

milestones
Photo shoot for figure – 2009 May
Brushwork begins on original composition – 2011 October
Photo shoot from which fruit tree was taken – 2012 April
New composition formulated and brushwork begins – 2012 May
Painting completed – 2014 December

Based on regular entries in the project journal for this painting, creation of the artwork involved approximately 107 sessions (from composition and panel preparation to completion of brushwork)... Read more »

Tags: The Dawning Of A Brighter Day, 2016, Project commentaries, Tips and techniques


Project Commentaries: Ashton Young creates a custom, rustic frame for There Is Help For You

By Al R. Young
Ashton Young completed the design and fabrication of this frame in April 2016 in the workshops at BenHaven.  The roughness of the frame’s weathered wood represents the handcart and the ruggedness of the subject’s ordeal.  Elspeth’s hand-painted chickadee in the lower left of the frame’s liner extends to the viewer the same message of hope represented by the chickadees perched in the tree limbs above the figure.... Read more »

Tags: There Is Help For You, 2016, Framing, Project commentaries


Project Commentaries: Blessed, Honored Pioneer (Lucinda Pace) by Elspeth Young

By Al R. Young This original artwork is unavailable for purchase or viewing online because it and its copyright are exclusive to LDS Temples.

Blessed, Honored Pioneer (Lucinda Pace) was painted by the artist in the studios at BenHaven.  The completed painting was acquired by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for use in LDS temples, and the Church also acquired all copy rights pertaining to the artwork.

Dimensions (unframed width x height)
30 in... Read more »

Tags: 2015, Project commentaries, Tips and techniques


Project Commentaries: The Lord Hath Anointed Me (The Messiah) by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young This original artwork is unavailable for purchase or viewing online because it and its copyright are exclusive to LDS Temples.

The Lord Hath Anointed Me (The Messiah) was painted by the artist in the studios at BenHaven.  The completed painting was acquired by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for use in LDS temples, and the Church also acquired all copy rights pertaining to the artwork.

Dimensions (unframed width x height)
30 in... Read more »

Tags: The Windows Of Heaven, 2015, Project commentaries, Tips and techniques


Project Commentaries: Other Sheep I Have by Elspeth Young

By Al R. Young
Other Sheep I Have by Elspeth Young was completed in 2014 and is the 23rd painting in The Messiah Fine Art Collection.
Dimensions width x height32.25 in. x 47 in.


SupportPanel (prepared as described in Preparing a painting ground


MilestonesResearch begins - 2010 February
Composition begins - 2014 April
Brushwork begins - 2014 May


EquipmentCreating a painting often involves creating or modifying tools or making improvements to the studio itself.

Panel-support Accessory for A-Frame Easel
Clamp-on Brush Holders for Easel Framework


Costume, Props, and MiniaturesCreating a painting can also involve creative projects focused on setting, costume, props, and other features of the composition... Read more »

Tags: Other Sheep I Have, 2014, Project commentaries, Tips and techniques


Project Commentaries: Lithography, drawing and experimentation (overview)

By Al R. Young
When I began experimenting with lithography in 1996, I focused on tonal rendering instead of line drawing because tonal pencil drawings had occupied much of my attention as an artist up until that time.
The work of artists whose interests draw them toward line as a means of expression has always delighted me, but my own interests invariably drew me toward tone instead.  I came to realize that were I to pursue line, I would have to study idiom and technique before I could express the subject; indeed, before I could even discover my own artistic identity in terms of line and then complete the long and arduous journey toward mastery... Read more »

Tags: Elspeth’s Hollyhocks, North Shore, Nasturtium, Wald Kirche, Old Dominion, Scabiosa, A Boy’s Prayer, Foxglove, Moonlit, Waiting, Untitled, Narcissus on beige paper, Narcissus on gray paper, July, The Almira, Columbine, Maine, Final Draft,


Project Commentaries: Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley conference center renovation (overview)

By Al R. Young By Al R. Young

From the summer of 2012 through the spring of 2013, Al Young Studios participated in the renovation of the conference center at Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley.  Our involvement in the project consisted of creating the original artworks featured in the conference center.  The paintings and museum-quality frames are described on the pages listed here, which also offer commentary on the creation of the artworks.

Visit us on Pinterest to see more photos
of the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley conference center project... Read more »

Tags: 2014, Overview, Project commentaries


Project Commentaries: By The Wayside by Ashton Young

By Ashton R. Young

This portrait of Tamar will be the 47th oil painting in the Women of the Bible Collection.  It was completed to meet the production schedule for Women of the New Testament by Camille Fronk Olson.  The book, currently in press, is scheduled for release through Deseret Book later in 2014.

Dimensions (width x height)
22.25 in. x 39.75 in.

Support
Panel

Milestones
Composition begins - circa April 2012
Brushwork begins - circa August 2012

Methodology
This section presents only one or two items that may be of interest to professional artists, amateurs, and others interested in the work of the Studios... Read more »

Tags: 2014, Project commentaries, Women of the Bible Art Collection


Project Commentaries: Under Whose Wings Thou Art Come To Trust by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young By Al R. Young

This full-length portrait of Ruth the Moabitess, based on Ruth 2:12, will be the 48th oil painting in the Women of the Bible Collection.  It was completed to meet the production schedule for Women of the New Testament by Camille Fronk Olson.  The book, currently in press, is scheduled for release through Deseret Book later in 2014.

Dimensions (width x height)
35 3/8 in. x 76 7/16 in.

Support
Panel

Milestones
Research begins - January 2003
Composition begins - August 2012
Brushwork begins - December 2013

Equipment
Creating a painting often involves creating or modifying tools or making improvements to the studio itself... Read more »

Tags: Under Whose Wings Thou Art Come To Trust, 2014, Color, Project commentaries, Tips and techniques, Women of the Bible Art Collection


Project Commentaries: What Is Truth? by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young By Al R. Young

This painting of Bernice (Acts 26:28-31) will be the 46th oil painting in the Women of the Bible Collection.  Its completion correlates with the production schedule for Women of the New Testament by Camille Fronk Olson.  The book, currently in press, is scheduled for release through Deseret Book in the latter part of 2014.

Dimensions (width x height)
24 in. x 27.625 in.

Support
Panel

Milestones
Research begins - November 2013
Composition begins - January 2014
Brushwork begins - January 2014

Equipment
Creating a painting often involves creating or modifying tools or making improvements to the studio itself... Read more »

Tags: 2014, Inspiration and creativity, Project commentaries, Tips and techniques, Women of the Bible Art Collection


Project Commentaries: Nothing Shall Be Impossible by Elspeth Young

By Al R. Young By Elspeth Young

Elspeth's new portrait of Elisabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, will be the 44th oil painting in the Women of the Bible Collection.  It was completed to meet the production schedule for Women of the New Testament by Camille Fronk Olson.  The book, currently in press, is scheduled for release through Deseret Book later in 2014.

Dimensions (width x height)
14 in. x 20 in.

Support
Panel

Milestones
Research begins - January 2012
Composition begins - September 2010
Brushwork begins - January 2014

Methodology
This section presents only one or two items that may be of interest to professional artists, amateurs, and others interested in the work of the Studios... Read more »

Tags: 2014, Inspiration and creativity, Project commentaries, Women of the Bible Art Collection


Project Commentaries: Blessed Are The Meek by Elspeth Young

By Al R. Young
By Elspeth Young
Artwork by Elspeth Young; Photographs by Tanner M. Young This woman has long been a hero of mine. The greatness of her faith and the stature of her spiritual strength are, to me, on a par with the centurion who besought healing for his servant. Both exemplify implicit faith in and a knowledge of the divinity of the Son of God, and do so without the help of the covenants, teachings, and culture surrounding the house of Israel. To both individuals, the Savior not only mercifully granted the miracle for which they petitioned, but bestowed a commendation for their great faith (see Luke 7:0 and Matthew 15:28)... Read more »

Tags: Blessed Are The Meek, 2014, Project commentaries, Women of the Bible Art Collection


Project Commentaries: Ashton Young creates a custom, rustic frame for Till We Meet Again

By Al R. Young
Ashton Young completed the design and fabrication of this frame in November 2013 in the workshops at BenHaven.  The wood of which the frame is made weathered outdoors at BenHaven for more than twenty years.  Elspeth hand-painted roses on the rough wood of the frame, as though the flowers in the painting instead of climbing only the fence in the painting had also grown over the frame.... Read more »

Tags: Till We Meet Again, 2013, Framing, Project commentaries


Project Commentaries: Den Kommende Vinteren (The Coming Of Winter) by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young
By Al R. Young
The commission to paint two scenic focal points for the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley conference center renovation included both the original oil painting and its gilded frame.

Dimensions (width x height)
69.5 in. x 48 in. (unframed)

Support
Panel

Milestones
Research begins - November 2012
Composition begins - January 2013
Brushwork begins - January 2013
Frame completed - May 2013

Equipment
Creating a painting often involves creating or modifying tools or making improvements to the studio itself... Read more »

Tags: Den Kommende Vinteren, 2013, Project commentaries, Tips and techniques


Project Commentaries: Den Kommende Våren (The Coming Of Spring) by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young By Al R. Young
The commission to paint two scenic focal points for the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley conference center renovation included both the original oil painting and its gilded frame.

Dimensions (width x height)
69.5 in. x 48 in. (unframed)

Support
Panel

Milestones
Research begins - November 2012
Composition begins - January 2013
Brushwork begins - January 2013
Frame completed - May 2013

Equipment
Creating a painting often involves creating or modifying tools or making improvements to the studio itself... Read more »

Tags: Den Kommende Våren, 2013, Project commentaries, Tips and techniques


Project Commentaries: Museum frames by Ashton Young included in conference center renovation

By Al R. Young
Al Young Studios engages in a broad range of specializations surrounding the creation, presentation, and care of the fine art media in which the Artists of Al Young Studios are engaged.  Custom framing is among the oldest of these services.
The commission to create two original oil paintings, as part of the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley conference center renovation, included the creation of custom frames for the artworks.  Accordingly, we chose to frame them in our gilded and antiqued Corinthian style moulding with ornamented corners... Read more »

Tags: 2013, Framing, Project commentaries


Project Commentaries: Ny Verden (New World) by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young The commission to create a scenic tetraptych painting for four pilasters as part of the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley conference center renovation project presented a most interesting compositional challenge.  This polyptych painting was to consist of scenic images measuring 13.5 in. wide x 186.5 in. high.  The only other requirement was that the subject be suitable to the halcyon alpine setting of the lodge itself.

Dimensions (width x height)
Four images, each measuring 13... Read more »

Tags: 2013, Project commentaries


Project Commentaries: Skjønnhet Underveis (Beauty Along the Way) by Elspeth Young

By Al R. Young Elspeth's artistic virtuosity spans a broad spectrum of media, styles, and techniques.  The commission to complete a major rosemalling project provided an opportunity to devote attention to a form of artistic expression with which she has a long and rewarding involvement.

The commission in connection with the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley conference center renovation was rewarding in many ways, but particularly so because of the design opportunity of reconciling the aesthetic of a centuries-old folk art with the architectural and interior design style, materials, and other characteristics of a world-class, state-of-art conference center and resort... Read more »

Tags: 2013, Project commentaries


Project Commentaries: Till We Meet Again by Elspeth Young

By Al R. Young Elspeth's next painting for our Pioneer Fine Art Collection features Jane Elizabeth Manning.

The character featured in this new painting is heroic by any standard.  At the age of 21 and in company with close family and kin, Manning trekked the 800 miles from Wilton, Connecticut to Nauvoo, Illinois to join with Church members gathering in Illinois.  Destitute upon arriving in Nauvoo, she found true friends in Joseph and Emma Smith, who provided room, board, and a new wardrobe for their guest... Read more »

Tags: Till We Meet Again, 2013, Pioneer Art Collection, Project commentaries


Project Commentaries: As A Sparrow Alone by Elspeth Young

By Al R. Young Since April of 2012, Elspeth has studied the life of Drusilla Dorris Hendricks (1810-1881), western pioneer and wife of James Hendricks.  In August of last year, Elspeth began a painting of Drusilla Hendricks, portraying one of the most anguished moments in Drusilla's courageous life.

In the autumn of 1838, religious persecution in Missouri erupted into mob violence.  In the midst of the devastation of burned and trampled crops and murderous attacks by mobsters, Drusilla recounted that neighbor children brought word that her husband had been shot... Read more »

Tags: As A Sparrow Alone, 2013, Pioneer Art Collection, Project commentaries


Project Commentaries: Not Knowing Beforehand The Things Which I Should Do, by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young Al's most recent Book of Mormon painting is receiving its series of finishing glazes.

The work is a 36 in. x 52 in. oil-on-panel of Nephi (the patriarch) during his years in the wilderness.  The painting focuses on the importance of prayer in Nephi's life, as evident in passages such as 1 Nephi 2, 10, 17, 18.

Unlike many of the religious artworks in the Studios' portfolio, this painting does not focus on a particular verse or incident.  Instead, it focuses on the theme of prayer in the life of one of the most creative and energetic characters in all of sacred writ... Read more »

Tags: Not Knowing Beforehand, 2012, Project commentaries


Project Commentaries: I Will Uphold Thee by Elspeth Young

By Al R. Young

Since early February of this year, Elspeth has been working on a painting of Mary Elizabeth and Caroline Rollins—two pioneer sisters who bravely saved what they could from a violent mob who destroyed the early Church's printing press July 20, 1833.  The painting depicts both teenage girls with the precious galley pages of The Book of Commandments which they salvaged while they were pursued by armed members of the mob. In desperation they sought refuge in a nearby cornfield--an occurrence Mary movingly described in her published autobiography... Read more »

Tags: I Will Uphold Thee, 2011, Costume and props, Pioneer Art Collection, Project commentaries, Tools supplies and operations


Project Commentaries: So They Brought Their Little Children by Elspeth Young

By Al R. Young Elspeth is working on a new painting for the Studio's Messiah Collection.  It will depict a mother bringing her little child to the Savior, as described in 3 Nephi 17: 11-24.  Though the Savior, Himself, is not visible within the painting, the young one stretches forth her hand to Him, and in turn, His radiant light encircles her in hope, healing, and, symbolically, the ministering of angels.  
The young one's earnest reaching for Christ is intended by the artist to symbolize the need for all mankind to "repent, and be baptized in [the Savior's] name, and become as a little child" (3 Nephi 11:38)--to be a visual reminder of the Savior's teaching that we too must reach for Christ and "be converted, and become as little children [to] enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3)... Read more »

Tags: So They Brought Their Little Children, 2011, Project commentaries


Project Commentaries: The Miracle Of Forgiveness by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young
One of the first questions visitors to the Studio want to know is how long it takes to complete the kind of paintings that are part of the Collections in the Studios' portfolio.  And while the number of hours and months devoted to a particular work can be informative, the other part of the story is the manner in which those hours are scattered across the calendar. Some paintings, for example, follow an almost uninterrupted path from start to finish. Most paintings, however, do not... Read more »

Tags: The Miracle Of Forgiveness, 2011, Project commentaries, Women of the Bible Art Collection


Project Commentaries: Here Bring Your Wounded Hearts by Elspeth Young

By Al R. Young  The Apostle Paul's praise of the disciple Phoebe (found in Romans 16:1-2) inspired Elspeth to begin creating a painting of this noble  "servant of the church" whom Paul extolled as a "succourer of many, and of myself also." The detail images, right and below, give a quick glimpse of some small portions of costuming and Phoebe's hand, blocked-in and ready for layers of scumbling and color glazing.
The verb "succor" has been used throughout both ancient and modern-day scripture to denote Christ-like compassion and active selfless service in behalf of those in special need... Read more »

Tags: Here Bring Your Wounded Hearts, 2011, Project commentaries, Women of the Bible Art Collection


Project Commentaries: At The Going Down Of The Sun by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young Al is putting the final touches on his newest Book of Mormon painting depicting the Prophet Nephi at the time of the Savior's birth. The painting will be featured, along with Christmas paintings by Elspeth and Ashton Young, in a Christmas exhibit at the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City scheduled to begin November 19th.... Read more »

Tags: At The Going Down Of The Sun, 2010, Project commentaries


Project Commentaries: I Will Send Their Words Forth by Elspeth Young

By Al R. Young Elspeth is working on a painting of the Book of Mormon prophet, Jacob. The painting depicts this noble "prophet-poet" (as Neal A. Maxwell once described him) engraving those doctrines, revelations, and prophecies that focus our attention on the Savior; words which Jacob "considered to be most precious" for posterity (see Jacob 1:4).

In the painting, the figure of Jacob appears seated before a wall-painting of the tree of life, and the ancient prophet is writing on plates that rest on a tapestry-covered surface before him... Read more »

Tags: I Will Send Their Words Forth, 2010, Project commentaries


Project Commentaries: And Martha Served and She Is Come Aforehand by Elspeth Young

By Al R. Young Elspeth recently finished the first half of a diptych depicting Mary and Martha of Bethany serving, as the two sisters are described in John 12:1-9. The finished painting of Martha shows this devoted disciple of Christ preparing the dinner at which her sister, Mary, anointed the Savior's feet with oil. Like Mary, whose service the Savior commended, Martha's offering of selfless service is also, "spoken of for a memorial of her" (John 12:9).

For more about the story and symbolism within this painting of Martha, please visit the following link:
And Martha Served

The second half of the diptych, showing Martha's sister, Mary, is well underway, pictured left... Read more »

Tags: And Martha Served, She Is Come Aforehand, 2010, Project commentaries, Women of the Bible Art Collection


Project Commentaries: One By One by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young Al adds a heavy glaze of ultramarine to the scarlet coverlet in the oil painting currently on the main easel in the studio.

The support for the painting is an 18.375 in. by 37.5 in. tempered hardboard panel. The ground consists of several coats of Utrecht Professional Acrylic Gesso.

Al's painting technique for most of his paintings involves classical alla prima, a technique involving a full-color under-painting which is layered over time with scumbling and translucent glazes. Some of Al's favorite colors to use for glazing include ultramarine blue, quinacridone violet, and yellow ochre... Read more »

Tags: One By One, 2010, Project commentaries