These tipis are part of a private collection honoring the Native Americans.
I always loved painting "big" paintings - but never did I expect to paint 18 foot tipis. What a fabulous experience.
The tribes represented (left to right)
Apache, Sioux, and Commance
Original tipis were made of buffalo hides and were semi transparent.
In keeping with authenticity, my plan for the base paint was to apply the "canvas colored" paint directly to the tipi canvases to look like these current day tipis were made from buffalo hides once they were eluminated.
When tipis were originally inhablited, the fires made by the Native Americans eluminated the tipis from within at night.
The above slide show has the initial layout sketches for the 3 tipis, me sketching out the tipis and tipi number 1 being set up. The tipis measure 18 feet. It was an awesome project and I cherish the experience.