Preparatory Drawing for Una Historia Una Veritas , Pencil on Paper, 24 x 36 inches, 2018
My third expedition to Montana to excavate dinosaur bones with the Carthage Institute of Paleontology is right around the corner and I've launched an associated project. This 24 x 36 inch drawing is the blueprint for an oil painting of the same size. This is a phantasmagoria of the dinosaur rich Hell Creek Formation which snakes across North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and a small area of Canada. The majority of complete dinosaur specimens come from this geologic formation. The most well known specimen from here is the massive T-rex Sue at the Field Museum in Chicago. But even more important finds like Jane*, the only complete adolescent T-rex ever found, is from here as well. The dinosaurs in the foreground are all specific specimens from the formation that you can visit in museums around the midwest and western United States (Sue's skull is the one strait down from the telescope). I'll denote all the names, species, and the museums that house them when the painting is done.
Una historia una veritas means one history one truth in Latin. It's the motto of the paleontologist I work for. I'm going to save an explanation of the painting's myriad meanings and construction for the post with the finished work. Until then you can scroll down to see details of the drawing and other preparatory work. Oil studies are in the works so there will be multiple posts about this project leading up to the finished work. Also! I'm hoping to update the blog periodically with pictures and information from the field during the two weeks I'll be digging. So everyone can check in and see what's going on in Montana.
*Jane is in the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Illinois
Studio view of the Una Historia Una Veritas drawing
Thumbnail for Una Historia Una Veritas , Ink on Paper, inches, 2018
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