These three beauties belong to Double LB Longhorns in Mason, Texas, see their site. They are having a longhorn conference in June and have asked me to attend with my artwork. They are Hannah, Cactus Flower and Dusty. I challenged myself to expand on my development of background and foreground and to bring in some color. Also, I love the “runs” on Hannah’s back – the other two a more representational. After completing these guys – I did a few easy loose watercolor on 5X7 paper – pig, donkey, chicken, etc. I have found my passion in painting!
It is interesting the physical traits that hunting dogs share. Just look at these two! Yet – they can be so unique. I still have several hunting dogs that I want to paint, but for now it is back to some regal longhorns for a longhorn workshop in June at Double L Ranch in Mason, Texas. click to buy my artwork
My latest painting. It is already sold and now doing a commission piece for another German Shepherd. I will have 5 pieces of framed art available for sale at the Die Kunstler Show/Sale in Fredericksburg, Tx, click here to see the show flyer and information at the Zion Lutheran Church on Nov 13-15.2015
Several people have been asking me to paint dogs and I have resisted. But, finally, I decided to jump in – and found that I love painting dogs as much as I love doing farm animals. So, here we go. These are my first three paintings. I have already been comissioned for two and will start working on those soon. Hope you like them
Here are a couple of my most recent paintings. One is a Hereford/Angus cross- that explains the white face on a black body. This one I did in a representational mode – meaning that it looks pretty much like the real animal. The other is two Herefords, one with horns and one without – take your pick. This painting, I did showing full bodies and using lots of liberty on the colors. Notice how the shadows are using to allow your eye to come into the painting. Both are available on https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnetteBennett?ref=hdr_shop_menu
I thought it might be interesting to follow me as I work on my next watercolor painting. This is a behind the scenes look at the creative process- for me, anyway.
First I take a ton of photographs of a subject, honestly, usually over 1,000 images. Yes, I have a “continuous shot” option on my camera and I use it. Animals can make a movement quickly and give no warning. So, if you have to try and anticipate what they are going to do and if it will be a good shot – it’s hopeless. So, after I take 1000+ shots, then I download them on my computer, and quickly scan through them to decide which might have potential. I go through several “culling” processes until I end up with 8-10 photos that I think have potential. Then, I enlarge, crop, adjust the brightness ( to see more of the animals color), darken the shadows, etc all on my computer. Then, once I have a picture that I think would make a good painting, I usually print a black and white image of it. I like to print black and white – it kinda frees my mind to explore colors and not be restricted to trying to match what is actually on the animal. Then, I decide how big of a painting I want to make.
I try to make all my art so that it will fit in pre-made frames – kinda standard sizes, to keep the costs down. Once I have decided on the size, then I draw the image onto my paper. This one that I am working on is two black Angus calves. I took the photographs at Linda Treibs, Fredericksburg. They had gathered up the cattle into a pen and so I was able to get some group shots.
Now, the fun begins…Stay tuned for further developments
This is my latest painting. The cow is a “black baldie”, it is a typical Angus Hereford cross bred. The black comes from the Black Angus and the white face from the Hereford. I took this photo in the winter, so the hair is nice and fluffy around the ears and top knot. There was a whole group of cattle that had just been put in this pasture and it was a beautiful sunny day. see all my watercolor artwork for sale
I love the challenge of painting black Angus – when you first look at them – all you see is black – but look closer – get a bit of sunlight on them – and their rainbow of color explodes. Click here to go to my shop to see all my work and make purchases