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
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
I was driving down Friendship Rd. in Fredericksburg, and a herd of Brahman Hereford cross steers had just been released into the pasture neighboring the street. There were two that really captured my attention, this first one posed for me and was very inquisitive. I have just finished work on the second with the bright reds and spots. Love the big floppy ears and the white “Brisket”. Working on the shadowing of the white face and brisket was a challenge. I will soon have this both listed on http://www.etsy.com for purchase as prints
At the suggestion of John Bennett, I should try some horses. I have been holding back as a felt that I wasn’t quite ready to tackle them. It takes me a while to kinda “get into the subject” and learn the anatomy and features. But I have done three of them and like one well enough that I altered the coloration. The full view of the filly – I am going to re-do and make her an Appaloosa – I was not happy with the shading of the neck.
When I majored in Animal Science and received my BS and my MS degrees – I gravitated more toward the statistical analysis and research aspects of the degrees. I always was attracted to the large animals, but realized that having not grown up around them, that I could never have the same degree of understanding that comes only from experience. All mine was “book learnin”. So, I liked them – but I didn’t KNOW them in a sense.
After I retired, I watched a movie called Temple Grandin, click here to watch. She is an autistic who was able to look at cattle in a way that no one before her had – she realized that they needed to be treated with dignity and that some our handling procedures could be improved on. She found ways to keep cattle calm when they were being worked. Her work is revolutionary . That movie had such an impact on me that it had an influence on what and how I wanted to paint.
When I first started watercolor, I was taught to paint what I saw, but I knew that wasn’t how my heart wanted to paint. So, I took more classes, explored different techniques and as I moved along the learning curves were brutal – I struggled with every thing that I did. Slowly, my own technique began to evolve. I began to paint animals that developed a personality all their own. I painted then – with an artist interpretation – my own.
So, when you look at my paintings, I hope that you too will see the admiration that I feel for each animal and the dignity that they exhibit.