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!
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 have been busy taking photos at Lee and Linda Blackwell’s ranch in Mason Texas and some at Red McCombs Longhorn sale in Johnson City, Texas. It is just incredible to see these big beautiful Mammas and their babies. The color patterns on some of the longhorns are incredible- God really used his pallet. Here are just three of my latest this big cow was a gentle one and really just looking for a handout. The baby had super coloration and you can see the horns peeping out! The watercolor original of featured big one is at Agave Gallery, Fredericksburg . Prints can be ordered from my site on etsy