Posts Tagged ‘cattle’

Finally Returning to the Watercolor Studio

October 8, 2012

Fort Worth Cattle Drive at the Stockyards

I have had a long absence from the studio, as well as the blog.  The festivals of the last two weekends were very enjoyable (and exhausting).  St. Louis was two weekends ago; Pantego was last weekend.  Today’s Columbus Day holiday and school closure was a welcome respite.  I managed to catch up on some lost sleep, tidy my home and studio and actually pick up the watercolor brush and work on my first longhorn ever, and add some shadows on the street in the foreground.

My biggest challenge with this longhorn was the mottled white patches all over his hide, which I managed with my modified “ugly” brush.  As to the colors, well that was what kept me from attacking this for weeks–I just didn’t know.  I mixed combinations of Cadmium Red, Winsor Violet, Transparent Yellow, Winsor Blue (Green Shade) and Winsor Green.  Had I attempted this four years ago, I would have reached for Burnt Sienna, Sepia, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber and Naples Yellow.  I am taking considerable satisfaction, experimenting with the colors of my more recent palette.  I still have a long way to go, but I am enjoying this new color science.

I need to turn my attention to tomorrow’s classes (Philosophy and Art History), so this will be it for tonight.  The watercolor is still soaked and drying.  Once I get back to the dry surface, I look forward to detailing the brick street that these longhorns are treading.

Thanks for reading.  And thanks for your patience, if you’ve waited for a new blog.  I did not have Internet access at the recent festivals, and the weeknights have been a nightmare, trying to punch up my inventory for the festival booth.  I’m glad to be back to the brush and the blog.

A Feeble Attempt at Rendering Cattle in the Distance

June 19, 2012

(Supposed to be) Cattle in the Distance

After lunch, we returned to the farm and found the sun out and the place blazing hot.  In the distance, I saw an enormous heard of cattle under the shadows of the treeline that formed the boundary to the pasture, and I took over a dozen reference photos, with a profound interest in the slanting horizon line and the various colors of the different breeds of cattle.  The trees were nearly black in silhouette in that bright afternoon.  I gave it my best shot, and didn’t fare too well.  Still, I wish to paint a decent watercolor of this composition, and plan to study my photos when I finally get the chance to enlarge them and make some decisions on how to go about painting them.

Thanks again for reading.