Further to yesterday’s painting, another equine duo, another bay hanging out with a grey. I thought a snowy sky would work with the pending festive season. It kind of matched the overcast day we really did have today, and it’s fun to splash around with all this paint and water.
Well, here’s the portrait I did last week, before my portrait class. What can be cuter than a child with a pup (and a cuter kid would be hard to find!…which which doesn’t hurt either).
There were several elements that made this a real challenge to paint, and when I see it here I feel it’s not finished yet. However, for today, this is it!
14 x 10″ on 300lb Fabriano
This painting was a treat to do! For one thing, it’s so great to paint large-scale after doing all the little “dailies” which are 5 X 7″.(This one is 30 X 20″ ). Another is that I really appreciate the bond between horse and rider, and I think that’s what was the driver for me to paint this at all.
Thirdly, I enjoyed painting all the gear; leather & silver, rawhide and horsehair, straw and denim. Such rich textures with rich history.
Not sure it’s finished. Should I lay in a big of sky behind? Am sitting with it for now.
30″ X 20″ on 300lb Fabriano
A few weeks ago, friends showed up at the horse sale in Maple Creek with seven red and blue heeler pups! They were the most adorable pups in the world and at the cutest possible wiggly fat stage of puppy-dom. And seven of them!! Needless to say, the kids (who were pretty darn adorable themselves) were in heaven; there was no fighting or tears because….there was a pup for everyone.
Not only is Matt a good horseman, who makes his living as a ranch cowboy, he’s a wonderful singer-songwriter. Check it out at his web-site www.mattrobertson.com. His newest album, “The Voice” is awesome.
We haven’t had a cowboy for awhile, and that just won’t do!
This competent young man works at Quilchena Ranch near Merritt B.C. and I met him when visiting there last year. The flat hat and brush cuffs are typical of the buckaroo style of ranch cowboy which has migrated up from Mexico from the Vaquero tradition. Cowboy fashion has a lot to do with region and the type of work involved. And then there’s individual flair of which the cowboys I know have a huge abundance!
I’ll be really interested to see where he’s at by the end of the summer.
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Well, here it is so far. I’m not sure that it’s done. I may put a pale blue-mauve glaze over the background, to set it further back….Think I’ll put it away for a few days & then decide. Maybe you have an opinion on that out there!? Also unsure as to what the title is. Usually that comes to me as I paint it, but…..not much has come this time. So for now, this is it. Hope your weekend is as enjoyable as mine.
Oh, and thank you ALL who visit my blog; today the number of you who have visited this blog reached 30,000. To me, that is astounding. I’m so grateful to you all for your interest and your support!
14 X 20″ om watercolour board
Ranchers are some of the most resourceful, resilient, hardest working and optimistic people I know. Can’t thing of anybody better to have stewarding our native grasslands and growing our world class food..Thank you all for all that you do. SOLD