Inspiration for Indigo Sky

Joanne Guidoccio

gailinglisphotoThank you to fellow Soul Mate Publishing author, Joanne Guidoccio, for inviting me to be her guest blogger today!

Indigo Sky was inspired by Bierstadt’s 1867 Domes of Yosemite. A trip across nineteenth-century America, two men were tied together by a passion of discovery. Words and images of the vast West made news back home. Below, find how it all began.

In 1867 LeGrand Lockwood commissioned Bierstadt for $25,000.

Albert Bierstadt Domes of the Yosemite, 1986 oil/canvas (10'H x 15'W) Albert Bierstadt Domes of the Yosemite, 1986 oil/canvas (10’H x 15’W)

Gail Ingis Domes of Yosemite Ode to Bierstadt acrylic/canvas (24" x 36") Gail Ingis Domes of Yosemite Ode to Bierstadt acrylic/canvas (24″ x 36″)

In the mid-19th century, 1863, LeGrand Lockwood purchased parcels of land in Norwalk, Connecticut and built his sixty-two room county cottage in 1863. He hired artist Bierstadt for $25,000 to paint an American West theme. Painters of the day were producing murals on canvas.


Domes of Yosemite, 10’H x 15’W hung in the mansion’s Rotunda (ballroom…

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About gailingis

Gail Ingis a tough blonde from Brooklyn, writes history and romance. Gail’s early days began and ended with writing, drawing and music. After graduating from the New York School of Interior Design with a BFA in Interior Architecture and Design and Master’s studies in Architecture and Design Criticism at The New School (Parsons), she worked in interior design and architecture, and founded a school of Interior Design. She resides in Connecticut with her scientist-writer husband. Currently, she sits on Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Board of Trustees, and serves as the curator of art exhibitions. Prior to her debut as an author, she illustrated a book for Deborah Galiley, "Seeking Paradise" that can be found on Amazon. Also a professional artist, her varied paintings are an extension of her illustration work in design. Gail spent long days and nights dallying in Coney Island, the inspiration for her project of beach and boardwalk scenes. She is a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers.)
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