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Who’s Your Favorite Musher?

Our studio is inside the 4th Avenue Market Place, which is right on 4th Avenue, about a block from the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  So, since 2016 we’ve been transforming the studio from work mode to pop-up gallery mode, and opening it to the public when everyone is on 4th Avenue to watch the race.  Each year I paint a new dog-mushing oil painting, and it usually sells on the day of the race.  A lot of people who come through the studio that day are tourists who came to Alaska just to see the Iditarod.  This year I painted this piece of Martin Buser, and then featured it in an e-news to my subscribers, and it sold before the open studio event!

Iditarod sled dog race dog mushing painting by Scott Clendaniel

Martin Buser. 24″ x 12″, oil on panel.

So Maria took a photo of the painting, and printed prints of it to sell during the Iditarod start at our studio.  But she also displayed the original, with a “Sold” sticker on it, and she had the brilliant idea to write on the sticker that I accept commissions, and could paint a custom Iditarod painting similar to this one with “your favorite musher.”  Well, several people took her up on that offer, and suddenly, I found myself painting dog teams for the next three weeks!  We were supposed to go to Washington, Hawaii, and Australia, but those trips were cancelled due to COVID-19 hysteria, so I ended up having plenty of time to work on these paintings.  I just finished them last week.  Who’s your favorite musher?

Iditarod sled dog race musher custom painting commission Scott Clendaniel

Aliy Zirkle. 36″ x 18″, oil on panel.

Iditarod 4th avenue anchorage Scott Clendaniel

Lance Mackey. 24″ x 12″, oil on panel.

Iditarod start Alaskan artist Scott Clendaniel dog mushing

Lance Mackey. 24″ x 12″, oil on panel.

Husky IPA by Alaskan Brewing Co.

Hello sports fans!  No sport is bigger in Alaska than Dog Mushing.  In fact, it’s Alaska’s official state sport.  And the Iditarod is the most famous dogsled race in the world.  The Iditarod celebrates a historic relay in which 20 mushers and over 100 dogs rushed a much-needed batch of Diphtheria serum to Nome 92 years ago due to an outbreak.  Aviation technology was not yet advanced enough, or widely used in Alaska at that time, so sled dogs were the most reliable and fastest delivery method.  This year the route is starting in Fairbanks due to poor trail conditions in Rainy Pass.  True to its name, it’s impassable on sleds due to lack of snow.  According to the official Alaska State Balladeer, Hobo Jim, “It’s going to be an easy year.”  He’s right, because starting in Fairbanks skips the most dangerous section of the trail, the Alaska Range.  We have plenty of snow in Anchorage though, which will make the ceremonial start much better than the last two years when they dredged up some kind of blackened gray snow that was so dirty it looked like mashed up Oreo cookies.

I painted this husky pup holding the new Husky IPA from Alaskan Brewing Company in honor of this epic race.  Hanging out in a snowbank, this dog is keeping his beer cold outside along the trail as his bigger brothers and sisters are hammering the Iditarod trail.  Seriously though, beer lovers, keep your dogs away from your tasty adult beverages as you don’t want your dog sneaking your beer at every chance.  It’s bad enough keeping a race husky well fed, don’t get them started drinking your craft beer too!  Cheers to a safe trip down the old Iditarod trail for all 72 mushers!  I hope you all finish and have a Husky IPA when you get to Nome!

The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition, signed art prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Husky pup enjoying a Husky IPA by Alaskan Brewing Co. Scott Clendaniel. 11"x14", oil on panel.

Husky pup enjoying a Husky IPA by Alaskan Brewing Co. Scott Clendaniel. 11″x14″, oil on panel.