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
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.
I had fun over Christmas filling orders for my sales on ety – completing a precious cat that was commissioned – and creating three new paintings. I found two donkeys names Igor and Tiger! The donkey I named Orange Julius is one of them. The other donkey that is with a barn, was a donkey located on the road between Fredericksburg and Kerrville. There was a young one and a really old with, this was the young one. I struggled with the donkeys withy their white muzzle and the white around the eyes – but am feeling much more comfortable. The pig was only my second pig he had such a terrific pose that I would love to do him again. As always – prints
are available at my etsy site under my name – Annette Bennett
As you drive around the Texas Hill Country, you will see mostly Angus and Angus cross cattle. I tried to do some black cows many months ago – and they are quite a challenge to do – especially when you do them as close-ups, as I do. You can’t just paint a cow all black – that really isn’t the true color and doesn’t show definition, etc. So – I have struggled a bit with the black cows. But here are two of my latest – I incorporated purple, turquoise, Hope you like them.