It’s not too late to order the perfect gift for Father’s Day. From new releases like Evening Snowfall, featuring the world-famous Decorah eagles, to Zach classics like the Dream Bucks series, we have a painting to please any dad.
From now through June 16, all orders get FREE SHIPPING (save up to $30). As always, Larry will be happy to personalize your gift with a custom message for your dad.
And, if you don’t know what gift Dad wants most, a gift card from Zach Wildlife Art is always a great choice. You can choose to give a printed gift card or send it by email, and there’s no expiration date.
Zach Wildlife Art will host our annual Open House in October. We always have a great time visiting with old friends and meeting new collectors at our Open House, which is now held in our showroom at our home.
Dates and times:
Thursday, October 4, 4 PM - 8 PM
Friday, October 5, 10 AM - 7 PM
Saturday, October 6, 10 AM - 7 PM
Sunday, October 7, 12 PM - 6 PM
Zach Home Gallery
3079 NW 75th Pl
Ankeny, IA 50023
- · Heading for Cover—Whitetail
- · Winter Pair—Black Capped Chickadees
- · Morning Solitude—Bull Moose
- · Cape Buffalo
- · American Robin and Daylilies
Here's a photo of a new songbird painting that is Larry is currently completing. It features a bird familiar common throughout the United States, the American robin. It's perched on an old rusty pump surrounded by a bed of colorful day lilies. This new release will be available at our Open House in October.
Don't Forget These Specials:
- · Before you come, ‘like’ us on Facebook and save $10 www.facebook.com/ZachWildlifeArt
- · Purchase any framed limited edition art at our Open House and receive a free $20 gift card.
- · Bring a friend who has never attended a ZWA Open House and you and your friend’s names will go in a drawing to receive a free $100 gift card.
- · Sign in at the Open House to win door prizes given daily.
Zach Wildlife Art is excited to announce the launch of our new website. We have now achieved our goal of offering easy-to-use online shopping for Zach artwork. The website includes images of Larry’s paintings, including our recommended framing and matting combinations, so finding the perfect item for yourself or a gift can be done from anywhere at any time.
Here's a sneak preview of the latest paintings on Larry's easel. These paintings will be released in fall 2012, so check back often to follow the progress and to reserve your print.
One features two impressive typical whitetail bucks from Iowa in a farm scene. Something or someone has just disrupted the scene, and two does are starting to flee.
The other features a bull moose in a verdant green, grassy opening, bathed in shafts of late afternoon light.
Watch for the finished paintings soon!
If you've been browsing zachwildlifeart.com over the years, you may have recognized that the website is looking different lately. We are testing a new website hosting service that will provide the online shopping capability we've been looking for.
If you have any feedback on the new website, either positive feedback or suggestions for improvement, please contact us
Folks often wish us luck when we go hunting. We always accept, because you never have too much luck.
Well, we cashed in on a lot of that luck on Saturday, October 2, 2010, my birthday, when we harvested an impressive buck together.
Larry and Marcia posing with Larry's birthday buck
We thought you might get a kick out of watching these videos from Midwest Whitetail.
1st video | 2nd video | Blog post by Bill Winke
Enjoy your outdoor experiences, whether it’s hunting, birdwatching, photography, or just a walk through nature. Any opportunity to spend time outdoors is a gift.
Larry and Marcia
PS: We have been enjoying the harvest with family and friends. It is hard to beat prime, Iowa venison, when it is handled correctly. The tenderloins and loins have been excellent on the grill. The rest is aging in the refrigerator. If you have any great venison recipes, please share! Bon appetit!
This post is Part II in the series: Behind the Scenes of Dream Bucks III. This series of posts chronicles the development of my upcoming painting, Dream Bucks III, the third and final piece in the Dream Bucks series. Click here to see all posts about Dream Bucks III.
Even prior to finishing Dream Bucks II - The Missing Trophy, I was already searching for a subject for its sequel, Dream Bucks III. Living in Iowa and knowing many serious deer hunters, coming up with a list of potential candidates was not difficult. However, with the multitude of great bucks this state produces, deciding which particular trophy to paint can be a challenge.
Things got a little easier by late October 2008. Photos of a tremendous buck started appearing on the internet. At least a dozen friends forwarded the photos to me to ensure I knew about the buck taken by a bowhunter in eastern Iowa.
After a couple phone calls, I found myself talking to Kyle Simmons, a pleasant young man from Jackson County, Iowa. You can read the story of Kyle's hunt in an article from North American Whitetail here.
After discussing the concept for the Dream Bucks series, Kyle was interested in the possibility of having his buck featured in the upcoming painting. We agreed on a time and place where I could see the buck in person and take photographs.
Once I arrived and Kyle pulled out the rack, it didn't take long to realize I was looking at a remarkable set of antlers. The rack was not only going to score well, but more importantly, it was very impressive visually. It was everything an artist wanted!
Unfortunately, it had taken me longer than I anticipated to get to Kyle's place, so I had to work fast to get photos before the sun hid behind a cloud bank moving in from the west.
The initial visit and photo-shoot was followed by numerous phone conversations, but it was challenging to arrange for a follow-up photo session while the rack was being cast for reproductions and being mounted by Joe Meder of Solon.
During this period, I considered, literally, dozens of compositions. I found a number of combinations I liked initially, but that would not work for this painting. I needed a strong composition, but the background had certain requirements beyond those of an artistic nature.
Over the years, I've partnered with many conservation groups. Since I now do my own color work and printing in-house, we've developed some creative ways to help conservation groups maximize their fundraising efforts.
Starting with Dream Bucks II, I have been customizing the painting and creating a unique image and edition for each of several conservation groups. For example, the prints in the Iowa Pheasants Forever edition have several added rooster pheasants, unique to this edition. The Iowa Ducks Unlimited edition has a number of wood ducks included, inconspicuously. Some editions include wild turkey. By offering a unique design, conservation group chapters have been able to raise increased funds for great causes.
That brings me to the complications introduced for me, as the artist designing each painting. It needs to be a composition that not only works well for the main focal point, the buck, but also one that provides a natural setting for turkey, pheasants, and waterfowl to share the scene, as well.
After many trials and much evaluation, I finally settled on one painting design. Also, I was able to see both Kyle and the trophy again at the Iowa Deer Classic recently, and I used this opportunity to take more photos of the rack in better lighting conditions.
[I will add some photos here as soon as they’re copied off my camera.]
I am currently in the process of painting the original, and I hope to have it done soon. After all, spring is coming soon, which means habitat management and prepping for this year's food plots!
In my next post, I'll show you the design for Dream Bucks III and explain how the particular composition was developed.
I want to make sure you all know that, amongst hundreds of big Iowa bucks, Kyle Simmons and his new state-record archery non-typical trophy will be present at the Iowa Deer Classic this weekend!
Kyle will be splitting time between our Zach Wildlife Art booth, where a trophy replica will be displayed, and the Hunter’s Specialties booth, where the original rack will be shown.
Make sure you stop by our booth so I can tell you about the upcoming Dream Bucks III painting featuring the Kyle Simmons buck!
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(And, just for fun, see if you can tell the difference between the real rack and the replica.)
This post is Part I in the series: Behind the Scenes of Dream Bucks III. This series of posts chronicles the development of my upcoming painting, Dream Bucks III, the third and final piece in the Dream Bucks series. Click here to see all posts about Dream Bucks III.
Good news! The third and final painting in the Dream Bucks series is on the easel and in progress.
I am hearing from many of you how excited you are to see this latest deer painting, so I will be working to post regular updates on the progress of the piece as it evolves. I will also share “behind the scenes” details on the inspiration for the painting and on the famous buck that is now the subject of aspiring hunters’ dreams.
The Kyle Simmons Buck
The featured buck for Dream Bucks III is a deer taken with a bow by Kyle Simmons in Jackson County, Iowa on Oct. 16, 2008.
This world-class buck is truly special and, I believe, a perfect subject for my Dream Bucks painting series.
Kyle Simmons’s hunting season was certainly a dream come true, as this was his first buck taken with a bow!
Dream Bucks II - The Missing Trophy featured the monster buck taken by Brian Andrews in 2003. At 253 1/8 inches, that deer was the state record non-typical archery buck for five years – until Kyle Simmons’s buck , scoring 270 6/8 (green), entered the scene and knocked the previous title winner off the podium.
You may have already read the story published in North American Whitetail magazine about Kyle Simmons’s trophy and the hunt that lead to success. If you haven’t, don’t worry, because I’ve embedded the story below for your reading pleasure!
I recommend reading the article in full-screen mode. Just click "Fullscreen" above the top of the article.
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