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Len Sodenkamp
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Playing the last quarter of the game of life
Playing the last quarter of the game of life

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(Antilocapra Americana) North American Pronghorn Antelope was first recorded and scrutinized in 1804-1806 by Lewis and Clark in present day South Dakota. Becoming an endangered species by 1920 a herd of Pronghorn was protected on a 549,000-acre tract preserve in Northern Nevada in 1936. Then reintroduction began in the 1940s throughout the Western United States. Today it is estimated that our National heard to be between 1/2 to as many as 1 million.
 
The Pronghorn Antelope can run 35 mph for 4 miles and sprint 55 mph for 1/2 mile. Its strides reaching 24 feet apart and can sustain speeds longer then the African Cheetah. Its large eyes can see 320 degrees from a fixed position. The North American Antelopes only living relative interestingly enough is the African Giraffe.
 
You'll need binoculars to view this animal up close. Over the years I have been fortunate to experience this amazing Earthling in it native habituate traveling throughout the West. This painting illustrates up close the beauty and pronounced markings of a typical Male Pronghorn. The back ground idea is from years spent in Pronghorn country. Sublime early morning light as the sun approaches the horizon has always been a personal challenge to communicate with pigment and brush. Antelopes Basin is 48 x 24 inches mixed media on panel from my Earthling Series.
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Cool nights a welcome change from hot summer days. Falls soft approach almost undetectable as flowers seed and trees turn. Bitter sweet their promise that winter will not delay.
 
New painting by: Len Sodenkamp (fall spot) oil on panel 24 x 24 inches.
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Bison Antiquus (B) also know as ancient bison preceeded the modern bison and became extinct around 10.000 years ago. Bison Antiquus was 30% larger then today's bison or (buffalo) which stood 7.5 feet at the shoulders and was 15 feet long weighing in at 3500 pounds with a horn spread of 36 inches. Early peoples called Paleo Indians aggressively hunted this amazing bison ancestor for food and clothing. The earliest know art object ever found in North America was painted on a bison skull. For me this effigy of Bison Antiquus exemplifies The Great American West.
 
Pendent was percussion flaked from a species of jet black opaque Eastern Idaho obsidian and complemented with mule deer antler inlays.
 
Len Sodenkamp Art/Artifact Re- Creations
Boise Idaho
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Pendent by Len Sodenkamp Art called: fishing bear effigy
Materials used green Oregon jasper inlayed into dear antler and accented with iridescent sea shell.
 
Enchant humans must have been extremely connected to the natural world. Observation would have played a major role in their daily life. The lesson of catching salmon from the rivers was a great gift from Bear to Human.
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