Painting on Skis for the K2 Ski Alliance

Back in October, Alyssa Clark of K2 Sports contacted me with a request to paint on a pair of skis for their Breast Cancer fundraiser. I had no idea, but was so impressed to find out that K2 Sports is a big supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness. The company has given over $2,000,000. in the past decade to various Breast Cancer foundations, almost $1,000,000. to the BCRF alone. On all of K2’s women’s products there is a pink ribbon displayed. For skis, there is one on the base of each ski, snowboards have one on the topsheet and inline skates have a ribbon embroidered on the side.

Also, K2 produced the first women’s specific ski and has a Women’s Alliance program where the women’s products are tested, influenced, skied and promoted by women, for women.

I enthusiastically agreed. A week later a pair of skis, prepped for painting, arrived at my studio in Tuscany – and now… good to go.
I have decided to re-create one of my “After the Rain” skies onto the skis. I love the uplifting and inspirational feeling of the billowing clouds, the patterns of the sky.
I’ll call this painting on skis  “Dawn to Dusk”… thinking as I work how many times I’ve surfed, snowboarded or lived the best days of my Life from the first light of day, to the last light of sunset, savoring each moment.  Those dawn patrols for first tracks in elusive epic powder or barely distinguishable set waves as the sun just rises. Going hard and for it all day… but then one last wave, one last run before they close the lifts… done when its dark, thoroughly exhausted but infinitely satisfied. Those are truly memorable from Dawn to Dusk days.
K2 asked me to paint the skis in conjunction with a public contest that was held last month as well as various BC fundraisers.  In February or March, they will be auctioned off at one of the K2/BCRF events; most likely the K2 Pink Chase in Tahoe.
They are running my progress on their Facebook page, named the K2 Ski Alliance and the K2 Pink Trade Contest 2012 and well as a photo stream.
I’ll be posting more images of my progress as this unusual format continues.
Check back to see the final result!
View some of Caroline’s latest paintings in her Virtual Gallery
Finishing touches… time to sign off!
At last, and as in my painting “After the Rain”, the clouds have parted…. a day of sunshine… time to take the skis outside to dry.
In this weather, they will need a few days to dry before I finish them off with a clear topcoat…
“Dawn to Dusk”  It is La Dolce, La Vita…. The Sweet & The Life
“Dawn to Dusk” Completed.

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