Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Mesabi Range Iron Worker - Oil on 8 x 10 Canvas Panel

Painting # 150 for 2008
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Mesabi Range Mine Worker - I've saved this painting to be the last one of this year and also painting number 150 for the year. I painted this from an old (1 1/2" by 2") black and white photograph I found in a folder along with some of my mother's photos that I managed to keep over the years. I'm not quite sure of whom it is, but the date on the back is 1941. The subject is typical of the open pit iron ore mine workers of the time who toiled in the iron ore mines of that area. Most were immigrants or sons of immigrants from the lands surrounding the Baltic Sea, both Nordic and European. They were strong, honest, hard working family men who were blessed with a healthy rugged appearance and square jawed good looks. I'm proud to be of that strain although I'm not sure about the good looks. There is a museum in northern Minnesota dedicated to these people; it's called "Ironword". If you are ever in that neck of the woods, it's worth a stop for a day and If you do stop, please say hello to my cousin Mike, Ironworld's CEO. Its been a good painting year and thank you for looking at my efforts. Your comments are welcome.

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